Victorian Christmas Angels

Victorian Christmas angels are one of the biggest gifts that the Victorians brought us to brighten up our own holidays. Victorians loved using frilly angels in decorations. The upper-class Victorian housewife would decorate for every holiday, including Valentine’s Day and especially Christmas. The Victorian Christmas angels would be used used as Christmas tree ornaments, as Christmas tree toppers and in figurines.

Angels were used in Victorian times in many different ways, and you would see them used in furniture and you’ll find angels with harps and veils in many different places in a Victorian home.

In the Victorian era, a concept of “the angel of the house” was widely promulgated, referring to a concept of a woman submitting herself willingly to her marriage partner.

However, not wishing to delve into antiquated ideas of male-female relations, which would be poorly received in the modern era, I have decided instead to feature Victorian style artwork pertaining to angels, which, in turn, would be appropriate in Christmas adornments. Hanging ornaments, figurines, and patterns follow:

Victorian Christmas Angels Hanging Ornaments

Jim Shore for Enesco Heartwood Creek Victorian Angel Ornament, 4.875Jim Shore for Enesco Heartwood Creek Victorian Angel Ornament, 4.875Group of 6 Sparkling Victorian Angel Ornaments with Resin Face and Hands and Feathery WingsGroup of 6 Sparkling Victorian Angel Ornaments with Resin Face and Hands and Feathery WingsVictorian Crocheted Angel Christmas Ornaments set of 12Victorian Crocheted Angel Christmas Ornaments set of 12Set of 2 Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments Accented with Glitter and PearlsSet of 2 Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments Accented with Glitter and Pearls

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Victorian Christmas Angel Figurines

Jim Shore for Enesco Heartwood Creek Victorian Angel Peace Banner Figurine, 8Jim Shore for Enesco Heartwood Creek Victorian Angel Peace Banner Figurine, 8Enesco Jim Shore Victorian Angel with LuteEnesco Jim Shore Victorian Angel with LuteJim Shore HWC Keep Noel Near Victorian Angel Christmas Figurine 4053860 NewJim Shore HWC Keep Noel Near Victorian Angel Christmas Figurine 4053860 NewVictorian Style Angel of Peace FigurineVictorian Style Angel of Peace Figurine

Victorian Christmas Angels Tree Toppers

Kurt Adler 12-Inch Fiber Optic Gold Angel Tree TopperKurt Adler 12-Inch Fiber Optic Gold Angel Tree TopperKurt Adler 12-Inch Fiber Optic LED Silver Angel Tree TopperKurt Adler 12-Inch Fiber Optic LED Silver Angel Tree Topper14.514.5″ Victorian Inspirations Lace Angel Christmas Tree Topper – Clear LightsVictorian Angel Miniature Tree Topper 1999 Hallmark Ornament QXM4293Victorian Angel Miniature Tree Topper 1999 Hallmark Ornament QXM4293

Victorian Christmas Angels Patterns and Stickers

Wallpaper Border Art Victorian Cherubs Angels RosesWallpaper Border Art Victorian Cherubs Angels RosesVictorian Angel Bakers Advent CalendarVictorian Angel Bakers Advent CalendarVictorian Vintage Angels Collage Sheet 8.5 x 11Victorian Vintage Angels Collage Sheet 8.5 x 11

Victorian Christmas angels were an important part of the Victorian home, as mothers  would make beautiful angels  to decorate the house or put on the tree.Victorians used angels in ornate ways to create beauty through the house, from the simple ornaments to huge angel sculptures

In modern times Victorian Christmas angels can be  one of the most delightful parts of your Christmas. .

Bring the simple  joy of Victorian Christmas angels in your home this year!

A Victorian Christmas Wreath will welcome your visitors to your Victorian home

Nothing makes a home look more welcoming and inviting than a beautiful Victorian Christmas wreath. While wreaths were probably used by the Romans to celebrate victory they became part of a deep Christian tradition as well. There were often four candles on the wreath, and it was seen as an Advent wreath: the four candles representing the weeks of Advent and the candle in the middle representing Christ. And although we don’t always know it, wreaths offer much to their pagan roots with the evergreen of the forest representing life.For instance Father Christmas is often shown wearing a wreath.

Here are four Thomas Kinkade Victorian Christmas wreaths. Each Victorian Christmas wreath shows Kinkade’s love of Victorian England: the snow covered city, the horse sleigh’s the magic of Christmas time. All of these wreaths are gorgeous pieces of art, and they all light up. They are quality made, sure to be heirlooms in your family.

Thomas Kinkade A Holiday Homecoming Musical Christmas Village Wreath Lights Up by The Bradford ExchangeThomas Kinkade A Holiday Homecoming Musical Christmas Village Wreath Lights Up by The Bradford ExchangeThomas Kinkade Victorian Christmas Village Wreath by The Hamilton CollectionThomas Kinkade Victorian Christmas Village Wreath by The Hamilton CollectionThomas Kinkade Season of Splendor Lighted Christmas Wreath: Bradford Exchange by The Bradford ExchangeThomas Kinkade Season of Splendor Lighted Christmas Wreath: Bradford Exchange by The Bradford ExchangeThomas Kinkade Lighted Teardrop Wreath With Artwork Ornaments: Welcome Christmas by The Bradford ExchangeThomas Kinkade Lighted Teardrop Wreath With Artwork Ornaments: Welcome Christmas by The Bradford Exchange

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Father Christmas in Victorian Times Brightened Yule in Victorian Times – and Now!

Everyone loves Santa Claus but Father Christmas is a the Victorian’s even  more charming version of the jolly elf! They actually come from very different places in our folklore  though. Originally Santa Claus comes from a Christian bishop – Saint Nicholas, but Father Christmas comes from old myths from the lands of the Druids, and the forest people. The Victorians were Christians for sure. However, the presence of Father Christmas clearly demonstrates that even though Victorian’s  there are definite pagan roots in the Victorian Christmas trees. We have tended to blend everything all together, but actually Father Christmas is different from Santa Claus – and more exciting I think.

The Myths of Father Christmas – and the American Santa Claus have lasted through the years!

I love to interpret fables and folklore and even dreams! Even if you are not a pagan, you can appreciate the beauty of a big elf who gave gifts to all in the coldest part of the year.  If you try to interpret the  the myth of Santa Claus, you will find Father Christmas in all his manifestations. Father Christmas might be shown riding on a goat, or with a wreath of leaves. He lived where the people did,  not e far off in fairyland somewhere! .  Pagan people loved and feared nature, and those roots did not go away with the Machine Age. When Christmas came about pagan roots were forced aside, but they came out in times of celebration and custom. There was a lot of fear about the pagan beliefs, and fairies and witches were feared as well. Somehow the clever elf that is Father Christmas is survived!

Father Christmas proved that the old ways will not go away that easily! He hales from the time of Yule, and is also called Father Winter, or the Holly King, who is Celtic Winter god by Pagan people.

Father Christmas came from many Supernatural Creatures all through Europe

Thor and Tomte were Norse  gods who rode across the sky in a big chariots drawn by goats, and who gave children presents at the end of the year – much like Santa Claus and those reindeer don’t you think? . There were many Pagan folk deities from all across Europe: the Oak King that lived among the trees in the warm forests in the south, and who fell asleep when  and falls into sleep while his brother of the cold – the Holly King who was close to Father Christmas reigned over the world into fall and winter. The Holly King lived in the cold North, and could only survive there among the winter creatures. He brought his presence – and presents to the children at Yule time.

It is believed that European pagan people gave their children presents to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun, and it is not long from there to imagine a special giver of gifts that celebrated the promise of fertility, life and spring during the long harsh winters.

The Ancient myth of Father Christmas blended into the excitement of the new century to make Victorian Christmas fun!

And there was a perfect place for Father Christmas in the Victorian Christmas – as a giver of gifts for children!   Ancient pagan deities such as Befana were known as gift- giving It is hard to believe for Christmas up to the time of the Victorians had been a quiet celebration for adults. Most adults did not even get the day off, let alone spend it giving gifts to children. But when the British saw a picture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert celebrating Christmas with their family, the idea of it becoming a family celebration spread through the England. It seemed that they mystery of Father Christmas could penetrate even the most rational Victorian mind.

Father Christmas in Victorian Times
Father Christmas in Victorian Times

 

You can still celebrate the Victorian Christmas in rare style by bringing Father Christmas into your home.

Here are some Father Christmas ornaments to decorate your gorgeous tree Victorian style. Hallmark did a whole series of Father Christmas ornaments, each unique and totally collectible. I have found other wonderful Victorian Christmas ornaments such as the Lenox Ebony visions Father Christmas that show the universality of Father Christmas.

Hallmark 2016 Christmas Ornaments Father Christmas #13Hallmark 2016 Christmas Ornaments Father Christmas #13Hallmark 2016 Christmas Ornaments African-American Father Christmas OrnamentHallmark 2016 Christmas Ornaments African-American Father Christmas OrnamentFather Christmas and Owl Ornament 2015 HallmarkFather Christmas and Owl Ornament 2015 HallmarkLenox Ebony Visions 2016 Father Christmas OrnamentLenox Ebony Visions 2016 Father Christmas OrnamentHallmark QSM7767 African- American Father Christmas and Owl OrnamentHallmark QSM7767 African- American Father Christmas and Owl OrnamentHallmark 2012 Father Christmas Ornament #9Hallmark 2012 Father Christmas Ornament #9German Stein Santa Claus Yule Father Christmas Saint Nicholas Tree OrnamentGerman Stein Santa Claus Yule Father Christmas Saint Nicholas Tree OrnamentOld World Christmas Bountiful Father Glass Blown OrnamentOld World Christmas Bountiful Father Glass Blown Ornament2007 Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament Father Christmas #4 in the Series Qx71872007 Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament Father Christmas #4 in the Series Qx7187June McKenna Christmas Ornament - 1997June McKenna Christmas Ornament – 1997

What a wonderful time there was to be had in Victorian England and the Continent around Christmas-time! Everything from the birth of the mechanical age to carry overs from deep pagan roots crate the fun and wonder of the Victorian Christmas.