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Victorian Christmas Celebration

Elisabeth standing next to table with holly basket (22808 bytes) c2001No tour of this era would be complete without this celebration of Christmas, so my family and I would like to invite you to share this special time with us. Here you will learn about our traditions, the way we decorate, the foods we eat and more.Ashton Invitation to a Traditional Victorian Christmas (6580 bytes) c2001

I suppose it could be said that we Victorians "invented" Christmas, at least in the sense as it is celebrated in the 21st century. We Victorians are credited with --

  • having revived an old and jovial Viking winter figure and named him the "Spirit of Christmas" and later, "Father Christmas"
  • reviving the ancient pagan custom of bringing evergreens into our homes
  • creating the first Christmas card
  • having brought back caroling
  • turning a once riotous free-for-all into a family-oriented celebration.

Now if you will all follow me into the drawing room, my husband will provide you with a look at our holiday traditions and legends.

pearlbut.gif (1194 bytes) Traditions pearlbut.gif (1194 bytes) Holiday Tales pearlbut.gif (1194 bytes) Holiday Decorating
pearlbut.gif (1194 bytes) A Christmas Carol pearlbut.gif (1194 bytes) Victorian Crafts pearlbut.gif (1194 bytes) Holiday Fare

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