The Christmas Pineapple Floorcloth:
No one knows for certain exactly how the pineapple became an essential element in the Christmas decorations of Colonial townships, especially in Colonial Williamsburg. Since 1681, the pineapple has been recognized as a Christian symbol as each pineapple plant gives its own life to produce a single fruit.
This pineapple stencil was found on the over-mantel of the Thompson house, Maine (circa 1750). The corner motif is from the Ebenezer Waters house, West Sutton, Massachusetts. The border is from the Daniel Kingsbury house, Brookfield, Vermont.