Being from Pennsylvania, the history there is old and very full, and I loved learning about it. When I moved to Nebraska, one of the things that fascinated me there as well was the rich history that was part of the area by way of the pioneers. The history of this area is not as rich as that of other places but its full and interesting.
Part of that history was learning about the pioneer Christmas, and the way it was celebrated.
In pioneer homes the families cut their trees fresh, and a times it was a real trip to find one, particularly on the prairies.
Christmas trees were decorated with primitive ornaments.
Christmas trees were in fact decorated with ornaments as primitive as their lifestyles.
Things such as scraps of cloth, empty thread spools, stray buttons and small sewn stockings, gave them very simple, primitive but still charming accents. Some of them, were created by little children, using stitches that were slow and deliberate, and showed the childish crafting of the children of the time.
A Christmas tree in pioneer times was a luxury, and gifts beneath it, were even more of a luxury, sometimes nothing more than a stick of candy or a penny to buy some at the next town.
To decorate the trees, popcorn, being relatively inexpensive, or grown, was strung for garland, while cranberries, fairly rare and expensive, were not used for decorations, but rather to eat with the Christmas dinner
Small stockings such as these shown below were made of remnants of fabric, and backed by a bit of wool from an old coat or rug.
Round penny like fabric pieces were added and blanket stitched around, with a button or two added.
I found these ornaments about ten years ago in a cross stitch book and have saved the patterns since, because they were great ideas for some primitive christmas ornaments for your country or primitive decorating theme
These are easy and super fast to stitch and with a bit of imagination you can adapt them to make exactly the primitive christmas ornaments that you’d like to have.
Don’t forget the popcorn garland.