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Christmas in Old London (Cassell's Magazine, 1900)
Merriment, mumming, church plays and a "boy bishop" were all part of London's great Christmas traditions!
Christmas Table Decorations (GOP, 1897)
Lights, greenery, copper and brass all come together to create a shimmering, elegant holiday table.
How to Set Out a Christmas Tree (CFM, 1886)
"A Christmas tree may be made into a most effective and pleasure-giving object..." Decorating the table on which the tree might stand can be every bit as involved as decorating the tree itself, which can be dredged with flour to make it appear snow-covered.
Birds at Yule-Tide (Atlantic Monthly, 1893)
A close-up and personal look at the birds of winter, both of the day and of the night.
Christmas Presents and How to Make Them (CFM, 1883)
Home-made gifts, both useful and decorative, were a staple of the Victorian Christmas - and many of these ideas would still bring joy today.
'Opkins's Plum Pudding (Harpers, 1891)
A displaced Englishman orders a holiday pudding from home, but doesn't get what he expected -- or does he?
Robin Hood: A Parlor Piece for Evening Parties (Godey's, 1863)
Performing a short (and sometimes musical) play was a traditional way to entertain family and friends during a holiday visit - and this charming little piece is an excellent example of the art, along with marvelous stage directions for the young ones and their elders.
Dinner Serviettes/Christmas Cooking (Godey's, 1873)
This piece begins by showing you how to fold a napkin into the shape of a swan (I must try this!), and follows it with mouth-watering recipes for a Christmas supper, including roast goose and Christmas cakes.
A Day in a Doll's Hospital (The Strand, 1895)
Dr. M. Marsh, M.D. ("Mender of Dolls") operated a "doll hospital" in London's Fulham Road - restoring many a beloved companion from the ravages of dogs, brothers, and other accidents.
Model Menu for December (GOP, 1893)
What to offer for this month's dinner party.
December Lore (ILA, 1846)
Country lore, customs and feast days.
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1896)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Poetry
King Winter
Reciprocity
The First Snowfall
Sweet Christmas Bells (music)

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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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