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Bobbie Kalman's acclaimed Historic Communities Series provides a close-up view of how people lived more than two hundred years ago. Colorful photos, many taken by Bobbie Kalman herself at restored historic villages across the country, help support the fascinating information. Children will have fun learning about: -- early homes and the settler community -- what people wore and the crafts they made -- how settlers made their living -- how they spent their leisure time -- the values, customs, and traditions of the early settlers Victorian Christmas shows how some of our most loved Christmas traditions were first celebrated in North America during the Victorian era. Gorgeous photographs and full-color illustrations highlight: -- decorating the evergreen tree -- gift-giving and sending Christmas cards -- Christmas caroling -- jolly old St. Nick -- how to make simple decorations like Victorian children did
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Taken from Chapter 3: The Christmas tree The early Victorian tree The early Victorian Christmas trees were decorated with fruits, nuts, pine cones, and small homemade gifts. Tiny hand-stitched dolls and children's mittens added a personal touch, and treats such as small toys and sugar cookies delighted children. Hand-dipped candles shone from the branches, which were draped with strings of popcorn and berries. A star twinkled from the top of the tree to remind everyone of the Christmas star that led the Wise Men to Jesus.Review:
Bobbie Kalman and Barbara Bedell provide their readers with a luxurious vehicle to travel back in time to the Victorian era and participate in the festive Christmas occasion. The detailed, well-written text is simple enough to be read like a picture book, but factual enough to provide the reader with all the necessary information to bring this holiday to life with flare and grandeur -- Resource Links, June 1997
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