Victorian Christmas 🎄

CHRISTMAS STORY

Stir-Up Sunday:
It was considered good luck for everyone to give the mixture and make a wish of their own while doing go.
The precise date changes year by year as it always fall on the last Sunday before advent.

Chams:
Making the christmas pudding is traditions & superstitions, would be stir by everyone in the house,
eyes closed and made a wish,
the cook would add charms (that would be found on the christmas pudding), as silver ring & thimble, coin.
We ate the one who found a ring expect wedding, blessedness, spinsterhood.
This is a custom pagan.

The feast & St Nicholas:
December 6 is the feast a saint who’s real history, his transformation into Father christmas was a gradual for his own generosity and miracles, was not a just a christmas traditions, the Viking’s wooden would deliver presents in mid-winter and Britain was the ancient character father christmas familiar from the mummer’s plays.

Christmas Cards:
The Victorian invented the christmas card, began with Henry cole (the first director of the newly founded victoria & albert museum).

St Thomas Day:
December 21, the shortest day of the year & the winter solstice.
he the saint’s charity to the poor, became a custom that was still marked in Victorian time for – a – gooding.

Wassail:
Was another pagan tradition,
the word comes from the anglo saxon “wes hal meaning ‘be whole”,
was a bowl of steaming hot to wich sugar,
spices, pup of roasted apples.
Pagan seeing it was a symbol of peace and good will.

Christmas carols:
Was the Victorian who were to create,
carols such as away in a manger, God rest ye, Merry gentlemen,
the first noel, the holly and the ivy,
it came upon the midnight dear, silent night,
oh wittle town of Bethlehem.

The Mummers:
Groups of people who roamed the streets christmas,
offering entertainment and asking for alms in return.

Deck the halls:
When Prince Alber married victoria he brought numerous German christmas tradition including the decorate christmas tree.
Before Prince Albert, English homes had been decorated for the festive season.
The holly, ivy, mistletoe belonging to much earlier pre Christian traditions and all was used in vitorian’s reign.

The yule log:
Before Queen Victoria popularised the christmas tree there was the ancient custom of the yule log,
is had Scandinavian & celtic origins at the feast of juul at the winter solstice.
Scandinavians would burn a great log in honor of the God Thor, the celts held perpetual fire to be sacred.

Christmas tree:
Was a long German tradition, in 1841 Queen Victoria wrote of it’s effect on her family, the idea spread from Windsor Castle to the rest of the country and the christmas had become a british tradition.

Gingerbread & Other sweet treats:
Biscuits (cut into shapes as stars, tree and gingerbread men) was to be used in German tradition and arrived in England with Prince Albert and in America with the German immigrants.

Mince Pies:
The Christmas sweetmeat was the mince pie, preferably made by a different person if you would have a good luck for the next 12 months.

The crackers:
Was invented by a Pastry Cook by Thomas Smith on Holiday – Paris 1840
and decided to bring this idea to England.

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