Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Victorian Christmas

So as we draw nearer to Christmas I thought that I would do a post on a Traditional Victorian Christmas before everything became too commercialize when it use to take months of preparation to make sure Christmas was that extra special. The Victorian’s saw Christmas as a Religious occasion but giving and family were the most important things to the Victorians at Christmas time. The reason their Christmas was extra special was because it was all about the handmade things for example: Mufflers, embroidered handkerchiefs, bookmarks, pen wipers and so much more. That is why it took them months of preparation to make sure that Christmas was just as special every year. This preparation normally took place throughout the Autumn and Winter months. Even when it came to them wrapping the gifts that they had made with loving care they made sure that the colour of the paper, tissue and cloth matched the ribbons that they were going to use.

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Once Christmas Eve arrives the last of the relatives will arrive for the celebrations of Christmas. This is quite a bit different from our Christmas because now-a-days it is mostly common that we have our immediate family around us at Christmas time. Whereas in the Victorian times it wasn’t just immediate family members that arrived to celebrate Christmas it was aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. The reason for this was because family was the most important aspect to the Victorians. On the afternoon of Christmas Eve the children finally get to see the Christmas Tree which has been locked away in the parlor. The Victorians decorate their Christmas tree with candles, tinsel, ornaments that have been handmade by them with bits of colourful scraps of art, ribbons, and so much more. They even decorated the Christmas tree with ropes of popcorn and cranberries. Then during the evening that was the time when the Victorians exchange gifts. Once the exchange of gifts had taken place they perform Musical and acting performances.

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Finally the day that everyone has been waiting for and the long preparations have finally leads to Christmas day. The Victorians started their Christmas Day with Christmas Mass. After Mass they take a trip to the bakers to pick up their Christmas goose and other meats. After their grand Christmas dinner and Christmas pudding they clear up and have afternoon naps. They then go to visit friends. Another thing that it different to our Christmas is that in Victorian England most of the shops stayed open even on the festive day. Caroling also takes place the same day when families go door-to-door to their neighbors to entertain them with festive Christmas songs.

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Christmas Day then draws to a close and it is time for the festivities of Boxing Day the Victorians devoted this day to Charity. This is where gifts of money are put into a small little box and are then given to servants, tradesmen and the needy.

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So that concludes my post on A Victorian Christmas. Hope your liked it and I’m just going to say one more thing and that is MERRY CHRISTMAS  TO ALL – AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.

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Happy 591th Birthday King Henry VI

On this Day in the year 1421 Henry V and Catherine of Valois had there first child together his name was Henry and he would become the future King Henry VI of England. During his life time Henry was the King of England twice and also the King France however this is disputed. Henry VI was actually the only heir and child to King Henry V. He was born at Windsor Castle and he was only 9 months old when he succeeded to the throne of England. Then only 2 months later, on the 21st October 1422, he also became the King of France upon the death of his grandfather Charles VI, However, it is disputed about whether he was confirmed King of France or not. 

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On this day: The Pilgrimage of Grace (5th December 1536)

The Pilgrimage of Grace was the title that was given to the revolt against Henry VIII. The revolt started in late 1536 and ended in early 1537. The uprising occurred in York, the reason for the uprising against Henry VIII was because of his break with the Roman Catholic Church and also the Dissolution of the Monasteries. This was the act against the action of Thomas Cromwell. The main revolt took part in York however, there was other revolts that took place as the same time around the North of England. These took place 12 days before the actually revolt in York.

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Congratulations Prince William and Kate

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate. Your baby is going to be beautiful. It was officially announced today at St James palace that Prince William and Kate are expecting their first child together. It also means that Prince William and Kate’s baby will be the future King or Queen of England and will become third in line for the throne when the baby is born moving Prince Harry to fourth in line for the throne of England.

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Happy 34th Birthday to Historian Dan Snow

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On this Day: Louis VI of France was born (1st December 1081)

Born: 1st December 1081Died: 1st August 1137 (Aged 55 years old)

Louis VI married twice during his life time. He married his 1st wife Lucienne de Rochefort in 1104. There marriage was annulled on 23rd May 1107. He married his 2nd wife in 1115. They had 8 children together: Philip, King of France born in 1116, Louis VII, King of France born in 1120, Henry, Archbishop of Reims born in 1121, Hugues born around 1122, Robert, Count of Dreux born around 1123, Constance born around 1124, Philip, Bishop of Paris born in 1125 and Peter of France born around 1125.

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc also known as Maid of Orleans i have to say is one of my role models in life she is such an inspiration to young girls her age. Joan of Arc was born around the 6th January 1412 and died 30th May 1431 aged about 19 years old. Joan was highly religious, courageous for such a young age and was a very determined young girl. It is said that Joan experienced visions of angels and she also heard strange voices. These voices told her “Joan, you can deliver the land from the English. Go to the relief of King Charles.” After a while the strange voices and visions that Joan was experiencing finally became clear to her. She had a mission from God and that was to save France. When everyone found out of these strange voices and visions that Joan was hearing and seeing they tried to talk her out of it perusing them by telling her they were just dreams. After a while people did start to believe in Joan’s mission. At just 18 years of age she left Chinon at the head of her soldiers in April 1429.  Joan mounted a fine war-horse and was in white Armour from head to foot. In one hand she carried an ancient sword that she had found near the tomb of a saint and in the other hand a white banner that was embroidered with lilies. Joan and her soldier’s were amazingly successful and one after another they took English forts. However, only the strongest fort remained. Joan was leading an attacking force when she received a slight wound. Immediately Joan was carried out of the battle so that a surgeon could attend to her wound. However, when her soldiers started to retreat Joan shouted “Wait”. A few minutes late Joan got back on to her horse and rode up to the fort and her soldiers immediately followed her. The following day the enemy’s soldiers were forced to withdraw from the city and the battle siege ended. By this point the French had victory and they started calling Joan “Maid of Orleans”. After this victory Joan led the French into many other battles and again her Soldiers were victorious. Joan and her soldier’s finally drove the English to the North of France. After this Joan and her twelve thousand soldiers were invited to see him be crowned King. After this took place, Joan wanted to go home bu the King wanted her to get rid of the English totally. But Joan told him that she no longer hears the heavenly voices. However, under the King’s wish Joan continues and was then taken prisoner by Duke of Burgundy. The English gave Duke of Burgundy and very large sum of money for Joan. After Joan was handed over to the English she remained in prison for a year. The English then charged Joan with sorcery she was then brought to trial. When the trial closed she was told that she would be burnt at the stake. A soldier past a cross to Joan that he had made and she held it up against her chest. when the flames burst out around Joan, the noble young girl just uttered one word ‘Jesus’. 25 Years after the execution of Joan, a court that was authorized by Pope Callixtus III  examined the trial and pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr. She will forever be Saint Joan of Arc.

Below is a picture of Joan of Arc and a picture of Joan of Arc being captured.

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