Real Happiness

Christmas

Joyce Freeman aged 4 at Christmas 1911 with her doll
Joyce Freeman aged 4 at
Christmas 1911 with her doll
Christmas became a very big event during the Victorian Era. The penny post was invented in Victorian times therefore people could send Christmas cards. It was also in this era that the Christmas tree was brought to Britain from Germany by Prince Albert. They wanted their trees to be fashionable so they put decorations on to make them wonderful, just like we do now.

Turkeys were very expensive and were only eaten at Christmas by rich Victorians. Poorer people would have had goose or even rabbit. By the 1900s turkey was much cheaper and it had become the main Christmas dish.

Presents

At the start of Victoria’s reign children's toys were handmade and expensive, so only rich families could afford them. During the Victorian times factories started producing toys, and a few more families could afford them. In a poor child’s Christmas stocking an apple, orange and nuts could be found. Nowadays children have toys and chocolate in their stockings.

The Watkins family outside Culpho Hall c.1900. Two of the children are wearing sailor hats
The Watkins family outside Culpho Hall c.1900.
Two of the children are wearing sailor hats


This exhibition is part of a wider sustainability project delivered through the Rural Museums East Partnership. It is funded by Renaissance East of England.

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