I don’t follow a lot of blogs, and the ones I DO follow are quite different. I rarely read them daily, but try to browse around to see what’s cooking, at least a couple of times per week. One of the really entertaining blogs is Marc’s London By Gaslight.
Marc just posted a reference on how Victorians wrapped their Christmas gifts, but I could not load the video, so I looked it up directly on Youtube, and stumbled across a whole BBC-series on how to create a Victorian Christmas:
Click on the playlist above, and choose from 26 little snippets, approx. 2 minutes each, or lean back and watch the whole series in one sitting (57 minutes).
First there are loads of fun crafts:
- Victorian Tree Ornaments
- Victorian Christmas Tree
- Victorian Ivy Ribbons (I am sooo making those, but will exchange sewing with my glue gun!)
- Victorian Wreath
- Victorian Holly Berries (Yes, how city Victorians would make faux berries!)
- Victorian Mistletoe Ball
- Victorian Gift Bags
- Victorian Keep Sake Box
- Victorian Pixture Frame
- Victorian Scrapbook
- Victorian Wrapping Paper
- Victorian Christmas Crackers
- Victorian Paper Flowers
- Victorian Table Mats (I figure those can be made with a glue gun too!)
Then there are loads of typical Christmas dishes, like Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Sugar Plums, Turkey and stuffing, Christmas Pudding… YUM!!
And finally there’s some Victorian Christmas activities, including making a Toy Theatre, Christmas Caroling, reading a Christmas Carol (Dickens) and How to play Victorian Parlour Games 🙂
Poking around a little more in the BBC-archives finally payed off, and I found the section where you can download instructions, templates and printables for ALL the crafts, including the complete Toy Theatre 😀 Of course The Toy Theatre was the only activity listed as hard, and indeed the one I’m planning to do with my girls during the Christmas days 😀 😀 😀
I can’t believe what a lucky find this was, and could not wait to share it with all you vintage lovers 😀
Click HERE to see the BBC-site, and get access to all these wonderful FREE crafts.
Thank you Marc for pointing me towards these, I want to try many of the crafts for sure!!!
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