Updated November 13, 2008

 

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Victorian Christmas Slideshow

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5 Tips for Victorian Christmas Decorating

Cheryl Michaelsen, owner of Maine's Berry Manor Inn, has spent considerable time researching Victorian Christmas decorations and traditions. If you would like to add a touch of Victorian elegance to your own Christmas decorating this year, Michaelsen offers these five decoration suggestions.

A Victorian Christmas

Twinkling lights hung on fragrant boughs, laced with golden antiquities; garlands strung from the mantle, framing a glowing fire of crackling pinecones; the family Bible prominently displayed on a table, opened to the greatest story ever told. Walking from room to room, the heavenly scents of fir, pine, hemlock, sweet spices of cinnamon, cranberry, and apple fill the air.

Who were the Victorians?

Stop a dozen people at random on the street and ask them what the term "Victorian" means, and their answers may vary from furniture and architecture to the mention of a short, pudgy queen of Great Britain. Asking about Charles Dickens' version of Christmas will improve your odds.

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS - early 1900s

A Victorian Christmas

The Victorians loved music so it is no surprise that they revived the old medieval carols and also composed new ones, both secular and religious. The Victorians, with their interest in parlor singing began to use cheerful, easily sung music in their Christmas celebrations. Musicians began collecting old nativity carols as well as writing new ones to be sung at Christmas. Two notable collections were "A Good Christmas Box" in 1847 and "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern" in 1871. During Christmas services, strains of "O Holy Night" and the Messiah filled the churches.

Christmas Customs - Tradition of the Christmas Tree

Victorian Christmas2

During the early 1800s, families typically celebrated Christmas by first attending church, then sharing a meal with family or friends.

 

Hand made Victorian Christmas ornaments

Victorian ornamentation reminds us of lavish touches and fragrant scents, memories that can affordably be brought into our own homes at Christmas with everyday crafting supplies to create fabulous ornaments.

Santalady's Victorian Christmas GIFs

Victorian Angel Pictures

Christmas Tree - Decorating - Christmas Magazine

The Christmas tree was not widely known in Britain until the middle of the 19th century. On October 10, 1839, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coberg and Gotha and his older brother Ernest visited Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. Albert and Victoria had met three years earlier in 1836 -- before Victoria ascended to the throne -- but nothing came from the meeting at that time. This meeting, however, was significantly different.

Victorian Music.pdf

In Victorian times street sellers would walk through the streets advertising their
goods and wares with songs. These street cries could be heard each day in the cities
and towns. Here are some examples of popular street cries of the time.

Online Literature Library - Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol - Preface

Dickens' Christmas Page

Charles Dickens has probably had more influence on the way that we celebrate Christmas today than any single individual in human history except one.

A Christmas Carol

Dickens began writing his "Little Carol" in October, 1843 finishing it by the end of November in time to be published for Christmas with illustrations by John Leech. Feuding with his publishers, Dickens financed the publishing of the book himself, ordering lavish binding, gilt edging, and hand-colored illustrations and then setting the price at 5 shillings so that everyone could afford it.

 

 

Victorian Christmas Traditions

After the Puritan ban on celebrations, it took 200 years for Christmas to once again become an important event. Many of the things we most love at Christmas started in the Victorian age, such as sending cards, and the invention of the Christmas cracker. The picture of a fat, jolly Father Christmas or Santa Claus, dates from Victorian times. The Christmas tree became popular, as did gift shopping in big stores. In England, the Boxing Day holiday also started in the nineteenth century.

Victorians

The Victorians Web Guide

Queen Victoria's 'Family' Christmas

We can thank the young Queen Victoria and her Prince Albert for our concept of 'Christmas Joy and Caring'. To them we owe our celebration of Christmas Day as a hallowed family holiday. There was little joy in Christmastide when Victoria came to the throne in 1837. Christmas Day was dull working day for all but the rich and noble and not celebrated as a national holiday. It was the new Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince from Germany who brought sparkle and light into the ordinary home at year's end by promoting their own Christmas at Windsor Castle in 1841 as a family holiday celebration. In doing this, they identified and gave crucial royal impetus to a journalistic call for a new spirit of Christmas harmony and reconciliation. Their family initiative was to be emulated and transported by her subjects across an expanding Empire in the years to come.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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A Dickens Christmas - Victorian Fun and Games

We Victorians are not without our fun-loving side. Young and old enjoy playing games, especially during the holidays. I thought you might like to join me in a few.

 

 

The Victoria And Albert Tree

The Christmas tree was not widely used in Britain until the middle of the 19th century. On October 10, 1839, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coberg and Gotha and his older brother Ernest visited Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle (Albert and Victoria were first cousins, Victoria's mother was Victoria Maria Louisa of Saxe-Coburg, sister of King Leopold of the Belgians). Albert and Victoria had met three years earlier in 1836 -- before Victoria ascended to the throne -- but nothing came from the meeting at that time. This meeting, however, was significantly different.

The Reader' s CornerVictorian Christmas

A short romantic mystery set in the Victorian era in which Ada, the first computer programmer in history, Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron, fills the role of detective with her usual style.

Free Victorian Christmas Clipart

 

 

V&A - Victorian Christmas Reading

What Did the Victorians Read at Christmas?

A Victorian Christmas

 The Victorians celebrated Christmas with characteristic enthusiasm and a deep veneration for custom and tradition.
It was a time for families to be reunited and to enjoy themselves to the full, besides the yule log's Christmas glow.
 

 

 

A Victorian Christmas II

I'm so glad that you have decided to stop by Victorian Christmas Graphics! It is my hope that you will be able to find something here that you can use. I will continue to add to my graphics collection as Christmas draws closer. The images used for all of the graphics have been taken from my assortment of antique postcards and Victorian trade cards.

Christmas Wallpaper And Desktop Themes HERE

 

 

A Victorian Christmas - christmas celebrations and traditions

Before Victoria's reign started in 1837 nobody in Britain had heard of Santa Claus or Christmas Crackers. No Christmas cards were sent and most people did not have holidays from work. The wealth and technologies generated by the industrial revolution of the Victorian era changed the face of Christmas forever. Sentimental do-gooders like Charles Dickens wrote books like "Christmas Carol", published in 1843, which actually encouraged rich Victorian's to redistribute their wealth by giving money and gifts to the poor - Humbug! These radical middle class ideals eventually spread to the not-quite-so-poor as well.

 

 

 

Victorian Christmas Graphics2

A Christmas Carol the reading (1867, 1868 ed.) by Charles Dickens

 

 

A Victorian Christmas

Twinkling lights hung on fragrant boughs, laced with golden antiquities; garlands strung from the mantle, framing a glowing fire of crackling pinecones; the family Bible prominently displayed on a table, opened to the greatest story ever told. Walking from room to room, the heavenly scents of fir, pine, hemlock, sweet spices of cinnamon, cranberry, and apple fill the air. Windows are frosted and the walls faintly shudder with the howl of the snow-laden winds outside.

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS - early 1900s

At first, Christmas trees were small and stood on a table. The father carefully picked out the best tree, chopped it down and took it home. Setting up the tree was called "planting" it and decorating the tree was called "dressing it".

A Victorian Christmas Eve

Between the years 1870 and 1879 The Rev Franics Kilvert kept a diary

Christmas and anything Victorian are my two favorite things

Family and close friends know that Christmas and anything Victorian are my two favorite things.
 

Christmas Clip Art - Victorian Christmas Photos - Clipart

The Victorian Christmas Revival

When Victoria was born in 1819, carols were only sung in a few isolated communities in rural England. Oliver Goldsmith (1731-1774) wrote that the parishioners of The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) "kept up the Christmas carol." A writer in the Gentleman’s Magazine for May, 1811, wrote that in the area known as North Riding in Yorkshire, he was awakened about 6 o’clock on Christmas Day "by a sweet singing under my window," and looking out he saw six young women and four men singing.

 

 

RecipeSource- Victorian Christmas Jar Potpourri

Christmas in Victorian England

Although Christ's Nativity has been celebrated since the 4th century, most of the English customs we are familiar with today are as recent as the mid-19th century. Many of the early ceremonies were rooted in pagan beliefs, and some customs, like wassailing, still survive.

 

 

Christmas Time Together at imagitek.com - Victorian Christmas

Tasteful Giving - The Ladies World, Dec. 1892

Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Please feel free to write anything you like for the Carol discussion. Your suggestion of any other theme with your comment on it is eagerly welcomed. I am willing to set up a new message board for you to discuss Carol with other Dickensians. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me at matsuoka@lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp. Carol was the most popular of Dickens's public readings, and I believe it remains in the canon of excellence for literature. Most of the famous passages in Carol must be capable of very wide interpretation. Thanks for entering the Carol discussion.

Dickens' Christmas Page

At the beginning of the Victorian period the celebration of Christmas was in decline. The medieval Christmas traditions which combined the celebration of the birth of Christ with the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia, a pagan celebration for the Roman god of agriculture, and the Germanic winter festival of Yule, had come under intense scrutiny by the Puritans under Oliver Cromwell. The Industrial Revolution, in full swing in Dickens' time, also allowed workers little time for the celebration of Christmas.
 

Victorian Christmas Tree

Use Victorian themed Christmas ornaments to create this tree reminiscent of days gone by.

 

Greeting cards for Christmas by greetz.com

Click on a link to start building your card!
Click on an area to below to see more cards!
 

Hand made Victorian Christmas ornaments

Using left over wall paper or border reminates you can make easy fans to decorate your tree. These are especially charming if they match the wall paper in your room because it coordinates the seasonal tree with your existing decor. Cut your wallpaper in strips and begin folding the paper back and forth like a fan. Fold up the bottom gathered part of the paper and staple the fan to keep it's shape. Next hotglue lace, beaded crafting pearls, ribbon or pre-made roses and dried flowers to finish the look and cover the staple.
 

 

 

The Victorian Cards

At first, designs were simple, but as technology advanced, new subjects evolved. By the 1860s, popular designs were Christmas feasts, church bells, snowbound mail-coaches and turkey and plum puddings

                    

 

Victorian Christmas Cards

The very first christmas card was printed in 1843 at the request of Sir Henry Cole, he was responsible for the whole idea of sending Christmas cards through the post instead of using Christmas letters. The movement to send holiday greeting cards soon caught on tremendously in the nineteenth century and by the middle of the Victorian era, the .......................

Victorian Christmas Angel Puzzles

 

 

Early 1900's Victorian Christmas Music Recordings from Victrola

All Early 1900's Victorian Christmas Music listed below was recorded on 60 minute cassette/CD from a 1918 hand cranked victrola using special equipment to enhance and retain the characteristic victrola sound.

Marvelicious Traditional and Victorian Christmas

Snow had fallen the evening before and there were delicious aromas coming from the Marvel kitchen. The Christmas dinner served was usually a nice chicken dinner with mince meat and pumpkin pies. It was cold outside and the old pot belly stove was keeping the Marvel kitchen warm. It was Christmas Day! Grandma Amy usually made sure the Marvels had a wonderful Christmas Day. Gifts were usually essentials such as gloves, nighties, and handkerchiefs. The Marvel men took pride in the Christmas Day hunting, usually bring home the rabbits and quail from their hunt. The Marvel household always had lots of people stop by daily, but Christmas was special to them.
 

Our Victorian Christmas

No 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.
 

 

 

Inside A Victorian Christmas - Edith Layton

I thought of Dickens, of course. And that famous Christmas dinner, complete with roast goose. But didn't Scrooge - reformed after a visit from the three ghosts - ask that boy in the street below his window for the biggest TURKEY in London town to send to the Cratchett's?
 

Julie Bergeron - Victorian Christmas

KD Craft Exchange - Victorian Christmas Garland

This project is great for anywhere-around railings, above windows, or anywhere you want to put it.

 

 

Victorian Christmas Crafts

This holiday season, try decorating a minature tree in Victorian style for your mantle or as a centerpiece, or create your own handmade ornaments borrowed from the Victorian tradition. Our easy craft projects that were enjoyed by families in the 19th century provide beautiful adorning touches to your holiday decor!

Victorian Christmas Decorations, Victorian, Christmas, Decorations

Victorian craft links.

 

Linda's Victorian Christmas

Hi, if you have visited our family page, you already know I love Victorian things. I decided to share some Victorian traditions with you this Christmas. Did you ever wonder about the origin of Christmas trees in the United States, or the tradition of sending Christmas cards? Well, I have a little lesson in history that explains both. How about some Victorian decorating ideas. Or maybe you are interested in some Victorian holiday recipes.
 

Make A Victorian Fan Ornament

 

 

 

 

Vernalisa's Victorian Christmas Past and Present

Welcome to my Christmas 2002 Past and Present. Thanks to all my Families' and friends for sharing there Holiday recipe collection's hope these pages bring a sense of peace and wonderful memories of the past. I absolutely Love Christmas and everything Victorian. I think my house looks it's best when I have it all decorated in Victorian Christmas images as my countless Victorian villages with all the little houses and twinkling lights its like living in the Victorian times.

Victorian Christmas and New Year Greeting Card Manufacturers

The Worlds first Christmas card was designed by J C Horsley in 1843 from an idea supplied by Henry Cole. One thousand copies were lithographed and sold at Felix Summerly's Home Treasury Office in Old Bond Street, England for one shilling each.

 

 

The Reader' s CornerVictorian Christmas

A short romantic mystery set in the Victorian era in which Ada, the first computer programmer in history, Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron, fills the role of detective with her usual style.

The very first Christmas card was printed in December 1843

The very first Christmas card was printed in December 1843, at the request of Sir Henry Cole, who was also the instigator of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and founder and first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Indeed, he was responsible for the whole idea of sending Christmas cards through the post when he decided to surprise his friends with a novel and colourful card at Christmas time instead of the usual Christmas letter.

 

 

Our Victorian Christmas

Come on in...have a cup of hot tea and imagine you are right here with us, sitting by the crackling fireplace, with soft music playing, sharing our Victorian Christmas.

Santalady's Victorian Christmas GIFs

Welcome to Santalady's Victorian Christmas GIFs. The Santalady has painted each one of these gifs and they are a "gift" to you if you have a "non-commercial" site in which you would like to use them.

Victorian Angel Postcards Electronic Greeting Cards

Victorian Christmas Angel Puzzles

Victorian Christmas Cards

 

 

Victorian Christmas Cards2

My Victorian Christmas Card Collection.
I will be adding more pages on a daily basis.

Victorian Christmas Graphics

Victorian Graphics

 

 

Victorian Christmas Java Card Collection

Victorian Christmas Traditions

After the Puritan ban on celebrations, it took 200 years for Christmas to once again become an important event. Many of the things we most love at Christmas started in the Victorian age, such as sending cards, and the invention of the Christmas cracker. The picture of a fat, jolly Father Christmas or Santa Claus, dates from Victorian times.
 

                     Victorian Christmas Wreath Wall-hanging Project by Adrienne Franklin - Cranston Consumer Products

Victorian Christmas Village

 

Victorian Rituals Christmas Celebration

"He has more to do than the ovens in England at Christmas," goes the old Italian saying. The Yuletide season in the 18th century abounded with larger-than-life pageantry: there are records of 800 pound puddings and pies filled with all the fowl in the barnyard. --from the book Christmas Feasts From History
 

Victorian Via Von's ~ A Very Victorian Christmas Greeting Center

 

 

Victoriana.Com, A Victorian Christmas

 

 

Victorian Via Von's -- A Very Victorian Christmas!

Christmas is my very favourite Holiday season!  I love it, not just because of all the sights, sounds, colours, flavours, aromas, or the warm and loving spirit it seems to bring to everyone, not to mention the sharing of gifts . . .

Victoriana's Victorian Santa Collection

There's nothing more Victorian than Victorian Santas. My collection currently has 140 Santas for your enjoyment. It has taken me several years to collect them (and my husband would say lots of money too). Many of my santas were scanned from cards and actual santas I have collected, others from royalty free CDs.

 

 

Recipes

 

A Victorian Christmas-Recipes

After attending church the featured event was Christmas dinner. Evergreens, flowers, and the best china and linens graced the dining room table.. Christmas wasn't the mercantile occasion that would cause merchants to stock up goods. It was more about food than gifts, because what you gave to one another or to your friends was a feast.

Royal Insight - Queen Victoria's Christmas

Recipes for Christmas food served at Windsor Castle in the reign of Queen Victoria.

Christmas Party Themes - Victorian Christmas Dessert

 followed a Victorian theme in my decorating. The afternoon of the party I started by draping plain white lights and faux popcorn and cranberry garland on the tree. I used burgundy velvet bows, ornaments in the shape of old-fashioned shoes, lace fans, doves, roses and hearts and crystal icicles to decorate it.
 

A Victorian Christmas- Christmas Dinner Menu

MENU FOR A CHRISTMAS DINNER
from Godey's Lady's Book, December 1890

 

 

Christmas Party Themes - Victorian Christmas Dessert

Christmas is always a busy time for me and this year was no exception. With my heavy work and school schedule I was afraid I was not going to have time to hold my annual Christmas party. My husband could see how stressed I was about it and he suggested I just have a dessert party. It would take less time since I would not have to plan a menu or cook. The guests could arrive early for caroling with dessert after or they could just show up later with desserts. This was just the time saving solution I was looking for.

 

 

RecipeSource Victorian Christmas Jar Potpourri

A Victorian Christmas-Recipes

The Christmas dinner was one of the high points of the day.  A large meal,  was served and after dinner there might be fireworks, and most certainly singing and games. When the Victorians sat down to Christmas dinner, what did they eat? Victorian feasts were sumptuous. There would certainly have been a fowl of some kind, maybe a goose. There would have been a pudding. In a more affluent home, there might have been a clear turtle soup.  Menus varied according to country and region. 

 

 

Creating a Festive Victorian Table for the Holidays

The holiday season can be a time filled with festive gatherings of families and friends. We all enjoy meeting relatives, friends and neighbors and laughing at each other's stories over a holiday table brimming with fine foods and trimmings. For the history enthusiast, the holidays offer opportunities to share your love of the past by decorating your home in authentic historical fashion. The Victorians were particularly fond of the Christmas holiday, and began many of the traditions we enjoy today. .....

Queen Victoria's Christmas Dinner menu

A Victorian Christmas Dinner menu dating from Christmas Day 1899. The buffet included Baron of Beef, Boar's Head, Game Pie, Woodcock Pie, Brawn, Roast Fowl and Tongue

 

         

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