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Letters to Santa Claus (The Strand, 1897)
More than 100 years ago, children were in the habit of writing to St. Nick to express their wishes for the holidays - even though they weren't always quite certain where he lived!
Christmas in History (GOP, 1896)
Some glimpses of Christmas throughout British history.
How to Make an Ice Sledge (GOP, 1896)
Start with a wicker lawn chair!
Private Christmas Cards (GOP, 1896)
When Christmas cards became popular, so did the custom of designing one's own personal greetings to friends and loved ones rather than buying cards at the shop.
The Worries of a "New Chum" (CFM, 1890)
Christmas on the other side of the world -- in Australia, where one is more concerned with mosquitoes than snow!
Music: When Icicles Hang (CFM, 1894)
Some Curious Christmas Pies and Other Pasties (GOP, 1897)
A history of Christmas pies, including one that "contained as much rump steak as would half supply the Navy"!
Country Customs: Christmas Waits (ILA, 1849)
Today we would call them carolers - the village "waits" who would sing door to door on Christmas Eve.
The Table (Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1889)
Tips on decorating the table, and some delicious Christmas recipes.
Delicacies for the Winter Tea-Table (CFM, 1890)
Such treats as Apple Mould, German New Year Cake, Orange Gingerbread, Christmas Cake and Chocolate Tea-Cakes.
Saint Nicholas's Eve in Belgium (Demorest, 1879)
In Belgium, the visit of St. Nicholas on December 6 is far more significant than Christmas Day!
Christmas Recipes (Demorest, 1879)
A "plain family dinner" includes roast turkey with oyster dressing, cranberry sauce, celery, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes and boiled onions, chicken fricassee, salad, plum pudding with sauce, followed by nuts, apples, oranges and coffee. A fancier dinner might add pumpkin pie and apple meringue to the dessert menu!
Our Birds, Part 2 (GOP, 1892
Observations on winter bird-life in Britain, with tips on how to provide food for hungry flocks.
Christmas Games for Everybody (CFM, 1878)
Entertain your guests with such Christmas classics as Snapdragon, Proverbs, Schoolmaster, Trades and more.
Winter Entertainments; Christmas Toys; Christmas Recipes (Demorest, 1880)
My School Days, Part 12 (GOP, 1897)
The conclusion of E. Nesbit's reminiscences about her girlhood and school experiences.
Chronicles of an Anglo-Californian Ranch, Part 13 (GOP, 1899)
The conclusion of the adventures of a British family who established a ranch in southern California.
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1896)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Poetry
Christmas (a 17th century poem)
the Coming of the Snow
A Christmas Alphabet
A Vision of Santa Claus
Last Christmas Was a Year Ago (James Whitcomb Riley)
The Christmas Spy
December Garland

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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