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A Very Virtual Christmas

Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with us! 

We hope this collection of holiday-themed videos, how-to’s and interesting information brings you cheer and a little inspiration for ways to celebrate with your loved ones this year – if even from afar. This page will be updated throughout the month of December; please check back often for new content!

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Holiday Videos

 

Holiday How-Tos

Create Your Own Advent Calendar

This image shows an example of the Advent Calendar Craft. Pouches of wrapping paper hang from a cardboard roll for persons to cut down as a countdown to Christmas. Advent Calendars date back to the 1800s in Germany. This practice started with chalk markings on the wall or door, eventually leading to printed pictures, and then small boxes/doors were added in the 1920s with gifts inside to help children and families count down the days until Christmas[1]. Tom and Olive Plant may have had a wooden, painted Advent Calendar set up in their Main Hall or Library. Today we often see Advent Calendars for sale in super markets, filled with chocolates or goodies from specialty stores.

Here‘s how to create your own Advent Calendar!

[1] https://doinghistoryinpublic.org/1-advent-calendars/

 

Traditional Dried Orange Ornaments

Garlands made of dried fruit and popcorn are considered to be the original decoration for the Christmas tree. While there’s not definitive proof of why these materials were used for decorations, we understand these decorations to be inexpensive for people to buy, and farmers could make additional profit on left over crops that had dried out. Eventually this practice declined as synthetic garlands were mass-produced[1]

Here’s how to create your own dried orange slice ornaments!

[1] https://www.kpcnews.com/features/life/kpcnews/article_266ae77b-0805-584f-b7f5-1af20e1954d9.html

 

How to Play Dreidel

Blue dreidel with "gimel" on top.

Learn how to play Dreidel, a game played during the Jewish Festival of Lights, which means “turn around.” If you don’t have a dreidel at home, you can make one with just a few office supplies. Click here for a YouTube video that will show you how!

Here’s what you need to know to play!

 

 

 

Recipe for Ginger Cream Cookies

Cookies covered in icing paired with a cup of coffee. Almost synonymous with the holiday season, gingerbread pastries are age old. In China, ginger root was commonly used as a medical treatment. It spread to Europe via the Silk Road. During the Middle Ages its use expanded to help disguise the taste of preserved meats, and supposedly build resistance against the plague. Hard ginger cookies, like today’s ginger snaps, were gilded in gold leaf and shaped like animals, kings and queens to be enjoyed and eaten at Medieval fairs in England and France. It’s believed that Queen Elizabeth I popularized the decorated gingerbread man we recognize today[1].

Enjoy this Ginger Creams recipe in the early 1900s.

[1] https://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-gingerbread/

 

Holiday Blog

explore holiday traditions throughout the years!

Some traditions stay the same, some evolve through time and change based on circumstance. You can read about some of the traditions we see today like religious services, caroling, gift giving and baking and how these traditions started and changed by clicking here.  

Traditional Holiday Decor

We’ve had comments on how we stray from our effort to showcase the house in 1924 – we don’t necessarily decorate with timely décor or to the same limited extent of a 1920s holiday season. We try to go above and beyond at Christmas – giving each room a unique look, and modeled around the central theme. We would like to give you a peek into Christmas past and give some insight into how Christmas was celebrated in the 1920s. Click here to learn about traditional 1920s holiday decorations.

Traditional Christmas Dinner, 1920s

Some aspects of the meal are based on familial tradition, like the turkey on Thanksgiving or having a roast beef and béarnaise sauce on Christmas but for other pieces, like side dishes and desserts have flexibility and opportunity to try something new! In this post, we would like to share with you some traditional Christmas foods that were popular in the 1920s (the period that we interpret Lucknow as). We don’t have the diary of Tom or Olive so these menus and recipes are based on general traditions of the time. Click here to learn more and to find the recipes.

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