A New Year’s Eve Wish Tree
At a dinner to be given on the eve of the New Year a lovely table decoration is the New Year’s wish tree. The top of the Christmas tree may be utilized for this purpose. Attached to a gilded wishbone for each guest have a tiny envelope containing a good wish. These may be made out by the hostess, who probably has some idea of what would be the dearest wish of most of her guests; or suitable quotations may be written. In fancifully shaped boxes good luck talismans may be concealed and tied to the tree. Suspended over the table there may be the face of a large clock or watch with the hands at twelve o’clock.
It is an old custom, handed down from ages remote, that promptly at the stroke of midnight the front door must be opened for the passing of the Old Year out to join the centuries of the past, and for the entrance of the baby New Year, who is just about to commence his earthly career. It is a pretty ceremony, worthy of continuation.
“Dame Curtsey’s” book of novel entertainments for every day in the year, Ellye Howell Glover, 1907
Mrs Daffodil’s Aide-memoire: Mrs Daffodil suggests that guests would feel that the New Year was off to an excellent start if the gilded wish-bones on the New Year’s tree were made by Cartier, as illustrated at the head of this post.
One could also purchase bejewelled “snapped” wish-bone brooches and Mrs Daffodil has heard of persons who got the larger side of a genuine wish-bone having it set as a lucky talisman brooch.
As the old year passes, Mrs Daffodil wishes her readers every bright prospect for the New Year.
Mrs Daffodil invites you to join her on the curiously named “Face-book,” where you will find a feast of fashion hints, fads and fancies, and historical anecdotes
You may read about a sentimental succubus, a vengeful seamstress’s ghost, Victorian mourning gone horribly wrong, and, of course, Mrs Daffodil’s efficient tidying up after a distasteful decapitation in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales.