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00:00:11(Choir singing "Deck the Halls")
00:00:14The Statehouse Christmas tree is designed to represent
00:00:17the Victorian period of 1850 - 1870.
00:00:22During that time, Ohioans typically chose
00:00:24Christmas trees of pine, fir or cedar.
00:00:28The Statehouse tree is a modern silk version of a fir.
00:00:32During the 1800s, families often adorned their trees with berries,
00:00:37fruited vines, as well as other forms of evergreens.
00:00:41Here you see the use of bittersweet, berries,
00:00:44white pine and arborvitae tips.
00:00:47Ornaments such as candles, gilded fruits and nuts, muslin bags,
00:00:52handkerchiefs, and many surprise confections
00:00:55were all made in the home.
00:00:57Handmade items on the tree include wax stars, fake coral,
00:01:01gum paste angels, gingerbread boys and girls, popcorn strands,
00:01:06pulled sugar bows, alum crystal strings and branches,
00:01:11cranberry strings, and sugar plums.
00:01:14Candies were often tucked into half egg shells,
00:01:17and cotton or wool batting was used to represent snow.
00:01:22Items gathered from nature were also popular, such as apples,
00:01:26pine cones, hydrangea, bittersweet, magnolia, pineapples,
00:01:32pears, wheat and feathers.
00:01:35Hand-blown glass beads and ornaments invented
00:01:37in Germany around 1850 would not appear in this country
00:01:41except in limited amounts until the late 1870s.
00:01:46This Statehouse holiday tree adds to the other beautiful
00:01:49Victorian decorations found throughout the Statehouse.
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