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Victorian Christmas

Christmas- the old- fashioned way.
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Arianna Boyll

on 3 January 2011

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Victorian Christmas
Christmas- the old- fashioned way. We all celebrate Christmas in different ways, but most of us celebrate by putting up a tree and decorations... But did the victorians do the same thing? Current Traditions Christmas Trees
As an old German tradition, Victorians set up a Christmas tree in their homes. This tradition was created by King George I. Children helped decorating the tree by stringing garlands of popcorn or cranberries. They also made chains of paper flowers. Bells and Candles Bells were rang during the Christmas season During the Christmas season, Victorians believed that evil spirits settled in cities, so to ward them away, they made a lot of noise. One source of the noises were bells. Candles were also believed to ward away evil spirits. They were also used to be put in a window, so show travellers that food and drink could be given in the house. They also made excellent gifts for friends. Cards During Christmastime in 1843, the idea of sending Christmas cards was created. People sent them to their friends and families around the Christmas season. Santa The Victorians were the ones to revive the Christmas tradition created by the Vikings of an old, jolly character giving gifts at Christmas. But Santa wasn't always his name. In Europe, he is and was known as "Father Christmas". Father Christmas was known to have special powers... Instead of mailing the letters that they had written, the children threw them in the fireplace. Father Christmas was supposedly able to read the smoke. Food Main Courses People of the Victorian era
treated Christmas a bit like how we celebrate Thanksgiving. They feasted on many
different foods, unlike the
food we eat now. Roasted goose and other meats like turkey was a common Christmas meal, shared with friends and family over the holidays. Raw oysters were also a food to eat during the Christmas season. They sometimes added a slice of lemon. Side Dishes Peas and potatoes were
usual vegetables on the Christmas dinner table, usually eaten fried or cooked. Parisian salad is another
dish eaten. Eggs, celery, potatoes,
beets, anchovy sauce, and mustard are
some ingredients that are added. Fish is a food that is consumed at Christmas dinner, whether it is fried or baked. Sauces were added to make things more flavorful, like cranberry sauce and "sauce tartare", which contains eggs. Dessert Cheese and crackers were a popular appetizer in the Victorian era. The usual Christmas dessert was a type of pudding or pie. The pies consisted of mostly bread, and the puddings a lot of the time contained nuts or fruit. Old Traditions Christmas Crackers Christmas crackers were a bit like firecrackers, but without the fire. They were small tubed- shaped objects that were filled with sweets and toys. To open them, children had to pull on each end, which would result in a cracking or popping sound. Boxing Day The day after Christmas, all of the churches
would open their alms boxes and donate money to
the poor. This helped spread the Christmas cheer, even to people who were quite short on money. Advent Wreaths These were originally a religious symbol of Lutheran descent. They were a simple evergreen wreath with four candles attatched. Each candle on the wreath symbolized faith, love, peace, and joy. First Footing First footing is the belief that the first person to enters one's house brings in the spirit of Christmas. Sometimes, the first footer is hired so the job is done properly. He walks through the house, sometimes with an evergreen branch, and is often paid with breads, salts, or other hospitable gifts in return. Happy New Year! Works Cited
http://logicmgmt.com/1876/xmas/trad2.htm
http://www.victoriana.com/christmas/menu-99.htm
http://www.biblicalquality.com/Christmas1.html By Lizzy Coggan and Ari Boyll
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