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The Christmas Kalends of Provence (Century Magazine, 1897)
A long but fascinating article on how Christmas was celebrated in Victorian-era Provence, from the gift of grain to St. Barbara to the offering of the lamb on Christmas Eve.
Hints for Christmas Decorations (GOP, 1881)
Amongst other interesting suggestions, this article gives an alternative for those who would like to decorate with holly but can't find or afford it: Use dried peas, dyed red!
Christmas in Italy (GOP, 1887)
Christmas celebrated in an Italian villa.
Children's Fancy Dress for Christmas Parties (CFM, 1883)
"Fancy costumes are particularly well adapted to little folks, a fact which of late years has come to be recognized, and at many juvenile parties character costumes are de rigeur."
Christmas Dinners (CFM, 1876)
"Christmas Day without its dinner would be like the play of 'Hamlet' with the part of Hamlet omitted. A genuine Christmas dinner, too, reveals our real national taste, and proves to ourselves and all the world that we have not yet acquired a French one. I wonder if it is possible for a statician to calculate how many huge sirloins of beef and immense turkeys are consumed on Christmas Day."
The Christmas Tree (Illustrated London Almanack, 1853)
Brought to England by Talleyrand, the tradition was most truly "engrafted" into English tradition by the royal marriage.
Chats About the Calendar (GOP, 1883)
A brief roundup of December lore...
How to Entertain at Christmas (CFM, 1881)
"The house must be cheerful, the ruling power animated. It is worth while to bestow some little trouble on the decoration of the rooms. Have plenty of shining holly, and laurel too, and don't omit the mistletoe..."
The Mistletoe (The Home Magazine, 1898)
A bit of the natural history of this intriguing plant.
Notes by an Artist Naturalist (GOP, 1892-94)
Beautifully illustrated monthly series by artist Fred Miller on the flora, fauna and lore of the season. (This series ran sporadically between 1892 and 1894.)
Sleigh Bells (music)
Christmas Thim Times
Santa Claus' Mistake
The Christmas Sleigh-Ride
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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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