Anna Selby discusses how the Victorians invented many of the Christmas traditions we enjoy today from Christmas trees and cards to carols and Father Christmas himself. Dickens and Prince Albert shaped how many people view the British Christmas, an idea explored in the opening chapter.
There is an emphasis on Victorian food, including authentic wassailing recipes and an easy introduction to planning traditional Christmas foods and traditional decorations. It offers readers a chance to enjoy a traditional Christmas, one centered around the home, family and simple decorations made from nature, a far cry from the materialistic Christmases we have today.
This lovely book reminds us all just how enjoyable Christmas really is and shows us how to recreate our favorite traditions and recapture the magic of Christmas.
I really enjoyed this book and I loved being taken back in time by the author to see how the Victorians enjoyed their Christmases.
The book was well set out, the author had done some excellent research and I thought that the book was fascinating. I am a massive fan of anything from the Victorian period and this was a fabulous read for me.
The author has added in recipes to the book too so if you are feeling adventurous you can have a god at making some of the food mentioned too (I will admit that I have not attempted any myself yet and my ancestors certainly had stronger stomachs than me!!)
It is 4 stars from me for this one, it was a well-researched book and a great addition to my Victorian books collection – highly recommended!