Several years ago, we visited Colonial Williamsburg during the Christmas holiday. I fell in love with the Christmas decorations there. Every door was decorated differently with the most gorgeous assortment of natural wreaths and garlands. In many of the decorations, the greenery was embellished with fresh fruit.
Here are some examples of Williamsburg’s holiday decor incorporating fruit:
Pineapples, pomegranates, pears, apples, and oranges seem to be popular fruits to use.
My favorite decorations were those above the doorways. Below is a beautiful example of a fan of fruit, magnolia leaves, pinecones, and boxwood:
As gorgeous as the holiday decorations are at Williamsburg, I was shocked to learn that they are not historically accurate. Fruit was never used for holiday exterior decorating during Colonial times. In fact, this style of holiday decorating was not prevalent in America until the early 20th century, and Colonial Williamsburg didn’t begin decorating with fruit until the late 1930s. What we refer to as “Colonial Williamsburg” style Christmas decoration is in fact not Colonial at all!
Here are some modern interpretations of the Colonial Williamsburg style of holiday decorating that I find inspiring:
A building in my Chicago neighborhood:
What do you think of using fruit in holiday decorations?