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Victorian Style Christmas Cards

Victorian Style Christmas Cards

The First Victorian Christmas Card Victorian style Christmas cards are an essential part of celebrating a Victorian Christmas because the Christmas card was invented in Victorian times! Historically, the first Christmas card was a postcard. This was actually a piece of art done by the […]

Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments

Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments

Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments Bring a Victorian Christmas to Your Home Queen Victoria and Prince Albert brought the German custom of the Christmas tree to their home. Ever since,  decorating a beautiful Christmas tree is one of the best ways of having a  true Victorian […]

Victorian Style Corsets

Victorian Style Corsets

Victorian Style Corsets

Victorian style corsets are some of the most well-known features of the Victorian times.

Victorian times were definitely a time of high fashion!

In the search for high femininity women got into corseting. Everything in Victorian times was exaggerated. So the corset was perfect.

We know of corsets from the 1500’s – but the fashion came to a height in the Victorian times. The Victorian would narrow the waist. But it would also raise the bust,  tighten the torso, and supporting posture.

Some corsets were worn outside the clothing and some inside. Most corsets are worn by women – but some by men as well.

The Victorian style corset: Light-Colors

Alivila.Y Fashion Womens Sexy Vintage Lace Trim Corset 2606-Pink-MAlivila.Y Fashion Womens Sexy Vintage Lace Trim Corset 2606-Pink-MCamellias Women's Bridal Overbust Steel Boned Corset Top With Ruched Sleeves, SZ1547-White-LCamellias Women’s Bridal Overbust Steel Boned Corset Top With Ruched Sleeves, SZ1547-White-LChicastic Sexy White Satin Corset Lace Up Bustier With Strong Boning - 3-4 XLChicastic Sexy White Satin Corset Lace Up Bustier With Strong Boning – 3-4 XLLeright Women's Corset Dress Overbust Vintage Victorian Gothic Lingerie Corset, Nude, SmallLeright Women’s Corset Dress Overbust Vintage Victorian Gothic Lingerie Corset, Nude, SmallCamellias Womens Corset Steel Boned Overbust Long Torso Waist Training Steampunk,SZ1809-White-3XLCamellias Womens Corset Steel Boned Overbust Long Torso Waist Training Steampunk,SZ1809-White-3XLVacodo Women's Victorian Sweetheart Satin Overbust Corset Bustier Basque Top (Small, Beige)Vacodo Women’s Victorian Sweetheart Satin Overbust Corset Bustier Basque Top (Small, Beige)Charmian Women's Spiral Steel Boned Sexy Jacquard Waist Training Cincher Underbust Corset Vest White XX-LargeCharmian Women’s Spiral Steel Boned Sexy Jacquard Waist Training Cincher Underbust Corset Vest White XX-LargeSZIVYSHI Sexy OverBust Lace up Back Corset Bustier Top (2XL, Blue)SZIVYSHI Sexy OverBust Lace up Back Corset Bustier Top (2XL, Blue)Ivy Shi Women's Victorian Overbust Corset Top (M, Beige)Ivy Shi Women’s Victorian Overbust Corset Top (M, Beige)

A Victorian Living in the Modern Life – Corsets are  her Everyday Life

Here is the story of a modern woman who lives the Victorian way. Starting with the corsets!

The History of Victorian Corsets – Patterns and Techniques

If  you fall in love with corsets, you may want to learn more about the history of them.

These history books also have the patterns to make some corsets as well.

Waisted Efforts: An Illustrated Guide to Corset MakingWaisted Efforts: An Illustrated Guide to Corset MakingCorsets: Historical Patterns & TechniquesCorsets: Historical Patterns & TechniquesThe Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for BeginnersThe Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners

The Victorian style corset: Black and Dark -Colors

Imilan Women Sexy Boned Lace up Corsets and Strap Bustiers Top (FBA) (US Size 10-12 (XXL), Black)Imilan Women Sexy Boned Lace up Corsets and Strap Bustiers Top (FBA) (US Size 10-12 (XXL), Black)Charmian Women's 26 Steel Boned Cotton Long Torso Hourglass Body Shaper Corset Black XX-LargeCharmian Women’s 26 Steel Boned Cotton Long Torso Hourglass Body Shaper Corset Black XX-LargeAlivila.Y Fashion Womens Sexy Fishnet Underbust Shaper Corset 21683-Black-SAlivila.Y Fashion Womens Sexy Fishnet Underbust Shaper Corset 21683-Black-SKimring Women's 2 Pcs Graceful Vintage Burlesque Satin Floral Overbust Corset with Dancing Skirt Set Red/Black SmallKimring Women’s 2 Pcs Graceful Vintage Burlesque Satin Floral Overbust Corset with Dancing Skirt Set Red/Black SmallCharmian Women's Sexy Strapless Floral Embroidery Mesh Princess Gothic Vintage Bustier Corset with Lace Skirt Valentines Corset Dress Red-Black X-LargeCharmian Women’s Sexy Strapless Floral Embroidery Mesh Princess Gothic Vintage Bustier Corset with Lace Skirt Valentines Corset Dress Red-Black X-LargeCamellias Women's Long Line Corset Steel Boned Overbust Long Torso Waist Training Corset, SZ1939-Black-MCamellias Women’s Long Line Corset Steel Boned Overbust Long Torso Waist Training Corset, SZ1939-Black-MCharmian Women's Steampunk Gothic Spiral Steel Boned Brocade Waist Cincher Overbust Corset with Chains Purple LargeCharmian Women’s Steampunk Gothic Spiral Steel Boned Brocade Waist Cincher Overbust Corset with Chains Purple LargeCamellias Steel Boned Underbust Velvet Princess Corset Waist Training Cincher, SZ1918-2-Black-LCamellias Steel Boned Underbust Velvet Princess Corset Waist Training Cincher, SZ1918-2-Black-LWomen's Steel Boned Steampunk Victorian Overbust Corset with Angled Panels and Shoulder Straps (M, Black)Women’s Steel Boned Steampunk Victorian Overbust Corset with Angled Panels and Shoulder Straps (M, Black)Charmian Women's Steampunk Retro Brocade Victorian Stripe Boned Bustier Corset Red X-LargeCharmian Women’s Steampunk Retro Brocade Victorian Stripe Boned Bustier Corset Red X-LargeZhitunemi Women's Lace Through Top Floral Overbust Corset Waist Cincher Bustier 6X-Large RedZhitunemi Women’s Lace Through Top Floral Overbust Corset Waist Cincher Bustier 6X-Large RedCharmian Women's 24 Spiral Steel Boned Satin Underbust Waist Training Brocade Corset 01 Black XL(US SIZE 10-12)Charmian Women’s 24 Spiral Steel Boned Satin Underbust Waist Training Brocade Corset 01 Black XL(US SIZE 10-12)Camellias Women's 24 Double Steel Boned Longline Waist Trainer Corset Heavy Duty Waist Training Shaper Waist Slimmer for Weight Loss Satin Black, SZ1971-2-Black-3XLCamellias Women’s 24 Double Steel Boned Longline Waist Trainer Corset Heavy Duty Waist Training Shaper Waist Slimmer for Weight Loss Satin Black, SZ1971-2-Black-3XL

Sew Your Own Handmade Victorian Style Corsets

Many people who loved Victorian re-enactment, for example Dicken’s Faire attendees are very creative. Many sew their own costumes. Here are two corsets if you want to try this.

Butterick Patterns B4254 Misses' Stays and Corsets, Size 6-8-10Butterick Patterns B4254 Misses’ Stays and Corsets, Size 6-8-10Butterick Patterns B4669 Misses' Corset, Size EE (14-16-18-20)Butterick Patterns B4669 Misses’ Corset, Size EE (14-16-18-20)

Victorian era corsets are an important part of creating authenticity in costuming. I saw lots in the Dicken’s Fair – whole shops of them!

Victorian Christmas Advent Calendars

Victorian Christmas Advent Calendars

Victorian Christmas Advent Calendars are a lovely way to celebrate the season! Queen Victoria and Prince Albert could have used Victorian Christmas Advent Calendars to make their home beautiful! Hanging Advent calendars  started during the Victorian times. German Protestants made chalk marks on doors  or […]

Victorian Christmas Crafting

Victorian Christmas Crafting

Your home can truly be a Victorian wonder at Christmastime if you participate in Victorian Christmas crafting! Victorians were not minimalists. There was never too much for the Victorians! Too much was not enough. Victorians decorated everything. Everything had flowers, angels and calligraphy. By participating […]

Victorian Christmas Angels

Victorian Christmas Angels

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 Christmas decor.

The upper-class Victorian housewife would decorate for every holiday, especially Christmas!

The Victorian Christmas angels would be used used as Christmas tree ornaments. They could be  Christmas tree toppers and in figurines.

Angels were used in Victorian times in many different ways. You would see angels used everywhere in the home – even in  in furniture!

You’d 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 popular. This referred to the concept of a woman submitting herself willingly to her marriage partner. You don’t have to believe that though to love the Victorian angels.

I have decided instead to feature Victorian style artwork pertaining to angels.

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 Angels

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
Victorian Christmas Angels

Victorian Christmas angels were an important part of the Victorian home. 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.  This included 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 Welcomes visitors to your Victorian home

A Victorian Christmas Wreath Welcomes visitors to your Victorian home

A Victorian Christmas Wreath starts the Victorian party at Your Front Door Nothing makes a home look more welcoming and inviting than a beautiful Victorian Christmas wreath! Wreaths were  used by the Romans to celebrate victory. However  they became part of a deep Christian tradition […]

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

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! And there was a perfect place for Father Christmas in the Victorian Christmas – as a giver of gifts for children! Father Christmas and Santa  come from […]

Victorian Christmas Dinner for the Holidays

Victorian Christmas Dinner for the Holidays

No holiday is complete without a lovely meal, and the Brits of Queen Victoria’s time absolutely knew this with their Victorian Christmas Dinner. Since she was the wealthiest person in Great Britain, her table would have been full of all the delicious foods the times had to offer. Meal times were a time for the wealthy to demonstrate their wealth, and this would have been even more for the holiday meal.

First of all, the kitchen of the 1800’s showed some of the influences of the time. The Queen’s food would have been produced on wooden stoves that were new to the century: the Rumford Stove made by Benjamin Thompson was the first wooden stove made, or the Queen’s servants could have been cooking on the Oberlin Stove that was patented in 1834.

By the time of her death the servants could have been using the first of the gas stoves that were available. The kitchen would have been a busy place indeed as the servants may have used it for a sleeping quarter, and definitely to bathe in as it was the warmest room in the castle. By the time of the Queen’s death in 1901 the castle would have had access to running water and lighting by gas.

Also in a ordinary family every member would need to stir the pudding at least once for good luck.

Of course it might have been different with Queen Victoria’s home! She undoubtedly  would have servants stirring her pudding.

 

What Happened at the Victorian Christmas Dinner?

Whatever they ate at their Victorian Christmas dinner, they would do all they could to make it memorable. And a time for family.

Just like we do for our holiday meals today!

The Victorian Christmas Dinner is similar to what most of us have today, with some charming differences. Because the Brits admired French cooking  the meal would have consisted of many courses. Yes, the Brits did not take the competition with the French to their tummies!

The Many Courses of the Victorian Christmas Dinner

First the meal,  might have started with a savory soup. Then it  progressed to the main dish. The meal would center around a large meat: roast beef, or a fowl: goose or turkey were popular.

In A Christmas Carol a reformed Scrooge takes great pleasure in buying the biggest goose in the butchery for Tiny Tim and his family. Indeed the roast meat still causes joy. Just like today it would be accompanied with delicious gravy from the pan drippings and flour. Later there might have been a game pie, which the Brits were famous for.

There would have been vegetables, although potatoes was the most common, and there would have been fresh dinner rolls with butter and jams and jellies.

Victorian Christmas Dinner Beverages

Even though Britain is infamous for its fine teas such as Yorkshire Gold, I was relieved to learn that coffee would have been served as well.

Of course, Christmas is a time of libation! Victorian Christmas dinner would have been the perfect opportunity for that. Even the poor families would have served beer and gin. In fact the water was so poor, beer was often drank to prevent disease!

During the Victorian times the mixed drink was discovered. Dickens ran across them when he traveled to the States, much to his delight. Mixed drinks were not for the poor, but the middle classes enjoyed them.

Perhaps those at a Victorian dinner  would have enjoyed the Sherry Cobbler.   Dickens described this in Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit  “Martin took the glass with an astonished look; applied his lips to the reed; and cast up his eyes once in ecstasy. He paused no more until the goblet was drained to the last drop. ‘This wonderful invention, sir,’ said Mark, tenderly patting the empty glass, ‘is called a cobbler. Sherry Cobbler when you name it long; cobbler, when you name it short.’”

Victorian Christmas Dinner Libations

 

Sherry Cobbler

MAKES 1 SERVINGS

  • 1 orange wheel, plus ½ wheel for serving
  • 1 lemon wheel, plus ½ wheel for serving
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces dry amontillado Sherry
  • Mint sprigs and a raspberry (for serving)

Preparation

Muddle 1 orange wheel, 1 lemon wheel, and simple syrup in a pint glass. Add Sherry and pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Cover; shake vigorously until outside is frosty, about 30 seconds.

Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Add more crushed ice, packing into glass and mounding above rim. Garnish with mint, raspberry, ½ orange wheel, and ½ lemon wheel.

Or maybe they drank my favorite:

Christmas eggnog

  • 2cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 12  cup sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons
  • additional ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Bring cream and half and half to simmer in large saucepan. Whisk yolks and sugar in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into yolk mixture. Return mixture to same saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until mixture thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 4 minutes (do not boil). Strain into bowl. Stir in nutmeg. Cool slightly. (Can be made 1 day ahead, Cover and chill. If desired, rewarm over low heat stirring occasionally, before continuing).
  2. Divide warm or cold mixture amount 6 cups or glasses. Stir 1 tablespoon sherry into each. Sprinkle additional nutmeg over each and serve.

 

 

 Victorian Christmas Dinner
A Traditional Victorian Christmas Dinner

 

Set a Victorian Table

Whether it is having  a cup of tea, setting a full table, or drinking your coffee in a mug based on a favorite biscuit, adding Victorian products to your table provides class.

Elegant Romantic Rose Victorian Porcelain Teapot And Teacup Duo Beautiful Gift ItemElegant Romantic Rose Victorian Porcelain Teapot And Teacup Duo Beautiful Gift ItemPair Fine English Bone China Mugs - Rose Pinks Chintz - Crown Victorian China, Staffordshire, EnglandPair Fine English Bone China Mugs – Rose Pinks Chintz – Crown Victorian China, Staffordshire, EnglandEating with the Victorians: Fascinating Tale of Victorian Life through the Victorian MealEating with the Victorians: Fascinating Tale of Victorian Life through the Victorian MealMcVitie's Digestives Mug/Cup New in Packaging Christmas Gift for BritishMcVitie’s Digestives Mug/Cup New in Packaging Christmas Gift for BritishSpode Woodland Turkey Service PlateSpode Woodland Turkey Service PlateAmscan Classic Victorian Tree Round Metallic Dessert Paper Plates Christmas Party Disposable Tableware (Pack Of 8), Multicolor, 7Amscan Classic Victorian Tree Round Metallic Dessert Paper Plates Christmas Party Disposable Tableware (Pack Of 8), Multicolor, 7″

Victorian Food and Tea Products Still Available

You can still celebrate a Victorian Christmas all year round with the teas and sweets that are still made to this day.

English Tea, English Tea, “Best of British” – Mini Tin Triple Pack, Best of British Teas in Mini TinsTaylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Tea, 7.76 Ounce 100 Tea BagsTaylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Tea, 7.76 Ounce 100 Tea BagsMarks & Spencer Classic Recipe Christmas Pudding 907g (2lb) | Delicately Spiced & Packed with Vine Fruits with Lashings of Cider, Rum & Sherry Made in UKMarks & Spencer Classic Recipe Christmas Pudding 907g (2lb) | Delicately Spiced & Packed with Vine Fruits with Lashings of Cider, Rum & Sherry Made in UKTop Iced Christmas Cake by Norfolk Manor - 32oz - 907gTop Iced Christmas Cake by Norfolk Manor – 32oz – 907gWalkers Shortbread, Strathspey Rich Fruit Cake, 17.6-Ounce BoxWalkers Shortbread, Strathspey Rich Fruit Cake, 17.6-Ounce Box

 

The Victorian Christmas dinner would be the centerpiece of a day of celebration.

Besides the dinner , the day would include Christmas gifts. Just like today, the children would be eager to know what Father Christmas had brought them!

The Christmas tree would be beautifully decorated. Many of the decorations would be handmade, as Christmas crafts – including the Christmas cracker – were so popular.

But beyond the tree, the gifts and the fun – the party would be complete because of the lovely Victorian Christmas dinner.

 

Victorian Jigsaw Puzzles

Victorian Jigsaw Puzzles

Victorian Jigsaw Puzzles Everyone can have a more delightful  Christmas celebrations by bringing to their celebrations in Victorian Christmas jigsaw puzzles. I love jigsaw puzzles.  Christmas time is a wonderful time for working These  jigsaw puzzles are perfect for family memories!   Victorian Jigsaw Puzzles – […]