Christmas trees in the nineteenth century were commonly placed on the table in the parlor, the most formal room in the house.  This tradition followed the fashion set by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  Children and adults made their own ornaments before commercial production made them commonly available.  Small gifts were often hung on the tree.  Cookies, dried and preserved fruits, and gilded nuts made fashionable as well as tasty decorations.  Cornucopias, bon-bon boxes, tiny drums, and nest-shaped baskets held Christmas sweets.