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A Victorian Christmas

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By Christina Bakerwriter, teacher and educational journalist

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so use everyone’s favourite time of year to explore some much-loved Victorian traditions

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Add some sparkle to your classroom with our creative topic, a Victorian Christmas

Have you ever wished you could leap into a painting, just like Mary Poppins did in the film? Who could resist the temptation of melting into the idyllic warmth of a Victorian Christmas scene? You know the kind – the snow transforms the streets into a sparkling wonderland, elegant ladies and gentlemen wave from their carriages to carollers in bonnets and mittens. Through a cottage window, an impossibly cheery family is sipping mulled wine around an open fire… (See Poster, ‘A Victorian Christmas’.)

In reality, Victorian Christmases may not have reached such Dickensian perfection, but learning about them will give children an insight into Victorian life, as well as the origin of many of our modern Christmas traditions. Who knows, you may even inspire them to switch off their games consoles and indulge in some old-fashioned family games and storytelling this Christmas.

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