Archival Anecdotes: Victorian traditions still shine at Christmas


December 6, 2021

Mother and child decorate a Victorian style Christmas tree, complete with burning candles. Courtesy of Alice Stanley's postcard collection circa 1900.

So many of the Christmas traditions we embrace today took root in the British culture of the Victorian Era. It was a time for rapid commercial development and industrial growth. There were great advancements in transportation, and the first mail order catalog made its debut.

We start by going back 203 years to 1818, when "Silent Night" was first heard by villagers attending Christmas Eve mass...

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