DORSET - The Dorset Historical Society's annual holiday open house will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m until 2 p. m. This year, the holiday exhibit will spotlight the history of Christmas trees in America.

With a few notable exceptions, Christmas trees were not widely displayed in the United States until the 1840s. That decade was a pivotal one for Christmas in America. Many, but not all, Protestant denominations began to allow for the celebration of Christmas, images of Santa Claus were first used then in advertisements, and simple table-top trees were introduced.

Over the decades, more and different types of ornaments were introduced.

The four historical reproduction trees at the Dorset Historical Society will trace those changes over time. During the month of December, visitors will discover when glass ornaments were introduced, the development of artificial trees, the story of tree lights, from candles, to electric bulbs, to built-in fiber optic lights, and much more.

The open house will be at the Dorset Historical Society's Bley House Museum, located in beautiful downtown Dorset, Vermont. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the museum at 802-867-0331.