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How Christmas Cards Are Made (CFM, 1879)
One gains a new appreciation of the beauty of a Victorian greeting card when one realizes that every color depicted thereon was hand-carved into a piece of stone!
Christmas and Its Customs (Peterson's Magazine, 1858)
Ancient Yule-tide customs of the British Isles.
How I Spent Christmas in the Fatherland (CFM, 1888)
A look at Victorian-era Christmas customs in Germany.
Skating for Ladies (Godey's, 1863)
Why ladies ought to skate, and how they can go about it.
In a Guard's Van: A Christmas Sketch (CFM, 1890)
Think of the efforts of our post office today to keep up with Christmas parcels; that was the duty of the railway guard in his van in Victorian days!
Christmas in the Far West (CFM, 1878)
What Christmas was like on the bleak, empty, freezing Kansas prairie (illustrated with a picture of a log cabin surrounded by heavy woods!).
December Customs (Illustrated London Almanack, 1845)
A brief bit of Christmas lore with several ancient rhymes.
Receipts for the Holiday Season (Godey's, 1873)
Christmas cakes and cookies, plus instructions on creating a beautiful napkin and floral centerpiece.
A New Christmas Carol (Demorest, 1879)
A short play to perform at a holiday party.
Cakes for the Family (CFM, 1885)
Things in Season, in Market and Kitchen (GOP, 1899)
Suggested menu for the month, based on what is to be found in the market, and what is appropriate for the weather.
Fiction: Dobsonian Christmas Gifts (Godey's, 1867)
It's not quite "Gifts of the Magi," but it's a rather similar idea (and rather earlier than that Christmas classic!).
Merry Christmas (a poetry collection)
A Christmas Welcome (music)
Christmas Day
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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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