Victorian Christmas

Traditional Recipes, Decorations, Activities, and Carols

22 October 2024

Territory Rights — Worldwide.


Celebrate Christmas like a Victorian with authentic dishes and customs beloved by all, from the working classes to the royal family

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, a descendant of Charles Dickens, reveals the fascinating tale of Christmas traditions during Queen Victoria’s reign. In 1843, while Dickens was inventing the Christmas ghost story, a London civil servant commissioned the first Christmas card and Windsor Castle displayed artificial Christmas trees and served turkeys for Christmas dinner. During the next five years, the first recipe for Christmas pudding appeared, Christmas crackers debuted and a London newspaper showcased Christmas trees to the world. Hawksley explores these customs and more so you can experience the season authentically to period. Feast on Roast Goose with Sage and Onion Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts on Buttered Toast and Christmas Cake whilst sipping a Cratchit Christmas Twist or Smoking Bishop Punch. Craft Golden Walnuts, Kissing Bunches and Pomanders. Play board games such as Balderdash and Pachisi or parlour games including Charades and Snapdragon. Take a Christmas swim or sing “Christmastide” by Christina Rossetti. Meticulously researched, this festive collection will make your yuletide merry.



140 x 211 mm • 208 pages


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