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Catholic Activity: Christmas Tree Decorations

    Supplies

  • wrapped cookies and candies
  • tangerines and apples
  • angels, stars
  • candles
  • tinsel
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  • Difficulty

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  • Cost

  • $$ $ $
  • For Ages

  • 3+
  • Activity Types

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    • None

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    Linked Prayers

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    Feasts

    Seasons

Maria Augusta Trapp describes her family's beautiful tree decorations.

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In our house the large Christmas tree, twelve feet high, always a beautiful, thick balsam fir, requires a lot of time to be decorated "the old way." During the preceding nights, the older children have wrapped up candies in tinfoil or in tissue paper with fringed edges and have then tied red thread to candies as well as to hundreds of cookies. They are hung on the tree first. On the lower branches we hang also small apples and tangerines. Then come Christmas-tree decorations from our home studios — angels and stars worked in silver or brass, which will glitter later in the light of the candles. Yes, candles — because there will be six dozen small candleholders with real candles fastened to the branches. (On either side of the tree there will be a camouflaged bucket with water and a mop with a long handle "just in case." So far we have never needed it.) Next, dozens of packages of tinsel are emptied on twigs and branches; and the last touch is silver chains spinning in spider-web fashion, criss-crossed from branch to branch. The final effect is like a fairy tale.

Activity Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955

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