AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThere also will be a feather tree, which was the first kind of artificial tree developed by the Germans to stem the deforestation of pine forests due to the popularity of Christmas trees, Bovard said. “Then we have what we call the white tree, which is a highly stylish version where everything – ornaments, candles and the wrapping on presents – was all white. This was a real stylish thing during the Victorian and Edwardian era,” Bovard said. Visitors also will learn about the presents, creche, dining table settings and entertainments of the period, as well as the development of wrapping paper. The Finnish Consulate office will be open, too, so visitors can see traditional Finnish decorations. “This really makes you feel like you’re walking back in time 100 years,” Bovard said. “It’s so gracious. You can imagine yourself in a sweeping long skirt coming up this gorgeous walkway, seeing this incredible architectural jewel and then walking in and seeing this massive Christmas tree and the beautiful foyer with greenery, the beading and Christmas carols playing. It’s magical.” Bovard is looking forward to the layers of greenery, flowers and beads in the dining room and foyer and along the grand staircase. They have been put together with the help of nearly 100 volunteers in collaboration with designs from local florist Mary Falkingham. Tour docents will spread some additional joy by sharing letters written by East Coast visitors to Fenyes Mansion during the holidays. An optional tea at the Raymond Restaurant will be offered after the tour. The tea will continues the historic theme. The building was originally the cottage of the caretaker for the Raymond Hotel and, according to Bovard, is the only place left from its time. Today the space is known for its cuisine. “Don’t come full already because it’s absolutely scrumptious,” she advised. The goodies may make visitors feel a bit guilty, but they can rest easier knowing that a portion of the restaurant bill will be donated to the Pasadena Museum of History. Advance payment is required for the tour, while payment for the tea can be made at the door. Reservations are required for both. [email protected] (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2128160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – The Pasadena Museum of History has decked the halls of its Fenyes Mansion for a special event. The “Gilded Age Holiday in the Mansion” on Thursdays – from Dec. 6 through Dec. 27 – will feature a tour followed by a tea at the Raymond Restaurant. “They are going to see the dining room, which has indigenous materials that were utilized in the decor of the Southern California region, as opposed to trying to replicate things you might see if you lived in Boston or New York or Seattle or London,” said Jeannette Bovard, the museum’s media consultant. Table top trees were very popular during the Edwardian period, so visitors will see trees traditionally lighted with old fashioned bulbs, as well as unlit candles.