Christmas, the Victorian Way

For most, the holidays are a time where family, friends and loved ones get together to enjoy each other’s company, eat, drink & be merry. Growing up, I never celebrated Christmas but I still somehow felt the warmth of the season through the decor, the lights, the music, the smells.

Even though I don’t have these memories from personal experience, the thought of snow gently falling, big houses decorated with candles in each window, fireplaces crackling, the smell of pine and spices, bells softly jingling and shimmering lights bring over a sense of cozy comfort. My favorite has always been the Victorian era of Christmas, how beautiful, dark and strangely odd it sometimes could be. 

Here are a few ways they stood out:

Santa was real creepy

Images courtesy of Odd Stuff Magazine

Images courtesy of  Find my Past | Buzzfeed

Greeting cards made no sense

Turnip-man courtesy of Daily Mail UK | Weird Christmas via Tumblr 

Images courtesy of | Cushing & Whitney Yale Medical Library

They hung up oddball ornaments

German Santas courtesy of Morphy Auctions | Source Unknown

Berry-head & German boy courtesy of  Ebay

Pugs were everywhere

Pug Krampus postcard | Victorian family portrait with pug via Vintag

Victorian greeting cards via Rainebeau

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. Wishing you all Happy Holidays, however you may celebrate!