Happy Monday Everyone!
Happy First Day of Christmas Break!
Our staff here at the Backus-Page House Museum would like to wish everyone a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The focus for Christmas in the 1850s was family and coming together as a community during this festive time. Decorations were natural consisting on holly, evergreens, and ivy. During the Victorian era residents became increasingly involved in decorating for the Christmas season. They made garlands for banisters, wreaths for doors and windows and large ornate centrepieces for their dinner tables. Storytelling became a favourite pastime for Victorian families - especially at Christmas time. It brought the entire family together by the fireplace to reminisce family memories, tell ghost stories, or wild and exciting stories manufactured by adults. Christmas carolling is another tradition lost amongst the people of today. Victorian families would bundle up and together move through their communities going door to door carolling. Christmas songs were very popular and sung by carollers and in church as well!