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Victorian Times Quarterly #2
- Christmas Crackers (The Strand, 1891)
- Step into a British store at Christmas time today, and you'll see row upon row of "crackers" - not the kind you eat, the kind you pull to get a bit of a pop and a gift. These were just as popular in Victorian days, and this article explains how they were made - eight to nine million per year for Britain alone, with more distributed to overseas colonies.
- Sentimental Cookery (CFM, 1888)
- Cakes suitable for a variety of holidays, including pan-cakes - for which in some areas there was a tradition of going from door to door to collect the ingredients.
- Healthy Recreations: Skating (GOP, 1880)
- How to skate, tend your skates - and skate safely in Victorian dress!
- Christmas in the Olden Time (Peterson's Magazine, 1879)
- A look at the history of Christmas customs from ancient days.
- An Old Christmas Carol (GOP, 1880)
- You'll surely recognize this one...
- Christmas Dinner Menus (Demorest, 1880)
- Bills of fare for everything from the "plain Christmas dinner" (ham, roast goose, apple sauce, cabbage, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, cheese, apples, nuts, coffee) to a three-course dinner for ten persons (too long to reprint here!)
- Puddings and Pies for Christmas (Demorest, 1880)
- Who knew there were so many ways to prepare plum pudding? This collection also offers Mocha Pudding, Pumpkin Pie, Dartmouth Pudding, Mince-meat, and many other recipes that sound unbearably tempting!
- Them Old Cheery Words (Century, 1897)
- A charming post-Civil War poem by James Whitcomb Riley.
- Carols and Carol-Singers (The Home Magazine, 1898)
- A brief history of caroling.
- Our Christmas Decorations (GOP, 1884)
- If you're thinking of decking the halls in true Victorian style, this article will get you started. Only... please don't use ground-up glass bottles for glitter! (An alternative was Epsom salts!)
- A Vision of St. Nicholas (The Strand, 1891)
- This illustrated version of Clement Moore's famous poem inexplicably depicts a young woman as the narrator!
- Christmas at Court (GOP, 1883)
- A look at how Queen Victoria celebrated Christmas. Interestingly, though Victoria wrote of having enjoyed Christmas trees as a child, she and Prince Albert actually observed this tradition on New Year's Eve!
- Christmas Customs Here and Elsewhere (GOP, 1895)
- Customs "elsewhere" include the feast of onions, the dragging of the bachelors, the Polish "Christmas-guest," and the hunting of the wren.
- Flowers in History, Part 6 (GOP, 1889)
- The final installment of this series offers us the Passion Flower, Primrose, Rose of Sharon, Rose, Sunflower, Thistle, Violet and more.
- Christmas Fare for Rich and Poor (GOP, 1896)
- A delectable round-up of Christmas puddings, cakes, pies, and main courses.
- Christmas Presents in Art Needlework (GOP, 1892)
- Looking for the perfect gift? These craft projects may give you some ideas!
- Christmas Sweet Dishes (GOP, 1892)
- More tempting treats, including Currant Buns, Dundee Cake, Shortbread, Meringues, Creams, Biscottines, Fruit Compotes, and more.
- Christmas in the Forest (The Strand, 1897)
- A charming short story for children, from the German, about two woodcutters' children who encounter some helpful gnomes.
- New Year's Eve (GOP, 1902)
- As this article reveals, many winter traditions are shared between Christmas and New Year's, including the essential task of wassailing the apple trees!
- Odds and Ends (GOP, 1895)
- A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
- The Frost Spirit (Whittier)
- Christmas Day on Dartmoor
- A Winter Picture
- The Month of December