Christmas ornaments are usually made of glass, metal, wood, ceramic or other to decorate the Christmas tree. Historical evidence for the decoration of trees at Christmas dates from Riga, Latvia (1510) on Christmas Eve. Descriptions of German Christmas trees date to 1531 in Alsace and 1605 in Strasbourg, where the first were decorated with paper roses as symbols of the Virgin, along with apples, candy and pretzels. Gifts for children were placed among the branches. The first Christmas tree in North America appeared on Christmas Eve 1781, in Sorel, Québec, when the baroness Riedesel hosted a party for British and German officers.
This exhibition is all about souvenirs pertaining to Christmas decorations of yesteryear, a foray into the past in order to revisit the range of decorative objects that surrounded people in celebration of the holiday season. This will allow the visitors to make comparisons and see how much ornaments have changed throughout times.