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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 (The Girl's Own Paper, 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 (The Girl's Own Paper, 1887)
Christmas celebrated in an Italian villa.
Children's Fancy Dress for Christmas Parties (Cassell's Family Magazine, 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 (Cassell's Family Magazine, 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."
Home Decorations for Christmas (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1874)
"The old custom was to decorate walls and windows with sprigs of evergreens... We will decorate in a more satisfactory way, if you please." The author goes on to demonstrate, with lovely illustrations, how to incorporate greenery into elaborate wreaths and decorations.
How to Give a Children's Party (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1876)
Tips on ensuring that a children's holiday party is "well-conducted," not wearisome to its participants, and designed to give pleasure to the children invited.
Chats About the Calendar (The Girl's Own Paper, 1883)
A brief roundup of December lore...
How to Entertain at Christmas (Cassell's Family Magazine, 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..."
How to Make Children's Toys (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1877)
Tips on making a host of simple, entertaining and educational playthings.
The Mistletoe (The Home Magazine, 1898)
A bit of the natural history of this intriguing plant.
Our Yuletide Evergreens (The Girl's Own Paper, 1883)
The lore and history of the various greens commonly used for holiday decorating.
How to Give a Nice Little Supper (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1876)
From a cold roast turkey to flowers made of turnips, here are some ways to celebrate at the holiday table!
Little Gifts for the Christmas-Tide (Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1889)
Some ideas for gifts that children can make for family members.
Sleigh Bells (music)
Santa Claus' Mistake
The Christmas Sleigh-Ride
Holly Song
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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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