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Celebrating Christmas Victorian-Style
Below are some links which you might enjoy as you prepare for the Christmas holidays this year.
Victorian decorations appeal to the senses - colour, frangrance, sound, and touch. As an artisan, that is one of the many reasons I so enjoy the simplicity and sensory qualities of the Victorian celebrations.


How to make Pomanders


http://www.christmasiscoming.co.uk/Orange_pomanders.html

from
Christmasiscoming.co.uk


How to make CandyCanes
According to 'Santa's Postbag'
The first record of candy canes dates back as far as 1670, when a cathedral in Germany made sweets to give to the children during a nativity service. The sweets were shaped to look like a shepherd's crooks.
Candy Cane Recipes:
1. RazzleDazzle Recipes
http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmasfun/candycane.htm
2. Santa's Postbag

http://www.santaspostbag.co.uk/christmas-tree-candy-canes.shtml

Christmas With Dickens
By Mamie Dickens
"The Daughter of Charles Dickens"

This is a fascinating account of Christmas in Dicken's time - everything from the gift-giving, to dancing, games, conjurer tricks, Christmas dinner, New year's and Twelfth Night. Wonderful read. You can find an excerpt here:
www.victoriana.com/christmas/dickenschristmas.htm
Dickens Fast FAQ's

http://charlesdickenspage.com/fast-facts.html




Follow the Victorian Farm team's step-by-step guides to making your very own Victorian Christmas. Discover how to make traditional Victorian decorations, indulge in delicious Victorian Christmas recipes, create the perfect gift and more. There are 25 activities, one for every day in December leading up to Christmas.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/victorianchristmas/

The "Scrap Album"
is an absolutely must-see website for those who are interested in the Victorian Christmas tradition. I recently happened on these wonderful pages and I can't wait to make some free time to study them further. http://www.scrapalbum.com/vxp11.htm Do consider visiting the next time you are sitting down to relax with a tea or coffee. The expereience will sweep you away to another era so richly full of tradition, decor, design and holiday spirit. Enjoy!


Free Christmas Clip Art
http://christmas-clipart.net

Swedish Paper Baskets
To hang on Christmas Trees


While this may not be 'Victorian' , it is in keeping with the spirit of the paper baskets & cones which were filled with candies and treats and adorned the Victorian Tree.
http://www.stavanger-web.com/jul/kurv.htm



Christingle Orange




Victorian Christmas Trimming Ideas to Make
http://www.santaspostbag.co.uk/christingle-orange.shtml

http://www.victorianornaments.com

VictorianOrnaments.Com

Make a raisin and Nut Garland
http://www.victoriana.com/christmas/craft5-2000-5.htm

Or,

an Orange Basket:

http://www.victoriana.com/christmas/craft5-2000-4.htm

http://www.victoriana.com


GillianCrackers
Hand-filled, Victorian style Christmas crackers.
http://www.crackers.gilliancards.com/Christmas.htm
Christmas Carol Lyrics

Carols.org
http://www.carols.org.uk/

The Caroling Corner

www.chebucto.ns.ca/~ai251/xcarol.html

Christmas-Carols.Net
http://www.christmas-carols.net/

The Origins of Mistletoe
http://www.candlegrove.com/mistletoe.html

Christmasiscoming.co.uk

Making Paper Snowflakes

Christmas.vg
http://christmas.vg/paper-snowflakes-690/

Victorian Christmas Recipes


Christmas Plum Pudding
Roast Goose with Sage & Onion Dressing
Mincemeat
NewYear's Cake
www.biblicalquality.com/Christmas7.html


Victorian Christmas Recipes


Yorkshire Christmas Pie
& Mincemeat Pudding

http://www.historicfood.com/Harewood%20Christmas.htm
 
Pet Breed Holiday Stockings
http://www.victoriantradingco.com/store
 Decorating
a Victorian Christmas Tree


Victorian Jewelry Box
http://www.victoriasjewelrybox.com/decorating-a-victorian-christmas-tree.html


Fashion-Era.com

http://www.fashion-era.com/Christmas/christmas_customs_tree_history.htm


Making Christmas Crackers (1910)

I was thrilled to find this historical silent short film revealing
Christmas cracker production 100 years ago.
Oh, how I'd love to have that paper hat cutting machine!
The first 2 mintues are kind of slow action but hang in as it becomes more interesting
as it tours the various stages of production
and ends in a family celebration around a tree
while everyone opens a giant cracker!
This film may be 100 years old but a couple of the scenes
look just like my cracker workshop today!
Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT2nqHU6f7I&feature=player_embedded