only in the South would they decorate with dried okra & Magnolia leaves. But i love the dried oranges, lemons, apples & cinnamon W/ gingerbread men cookies. I would guess that people smelled pretty nasty living in Birmingham, Alabama. summers are humid & hot down South. hanging dried fruit & cookies would have been a big help, we still use these things in other forms to make our own homes smell better. they decorated using fruit…i suppose only the wealthy could afford to do this, everyone else would have canned any fruit or veggies they were able to find…to feed themselves.
The Arlington House. Birmingham, Alabama.