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Visions of Christmas Past- Redux via TheLifeProject


Christmas gift with heart & yarn embellishment

December is here and Christmas is near… hallelujah! โ€จSo let’s crank the Christmas carols and get this festive month started, shall we?

Today’s reblog was inspired by Don @ The Life Projectโ€”just one of the many, many WordPress blogs I love yet never read enough of :-/ Don’s thought provoking blog posts normally focus on insightful Bible study. In today’s post, he decks the Victorian era halls with a glimpse back to when life seemed simpler, people connected without the internet and everyday heirloom gifts/decor were mostly handmade ๐Ÿ™‚ Totally my kind of fun! Add to that a charming on-screen vision of Christmas past via G.A. Smith’s “Santa Clause” (1898) silent film and (although my yarny hands are holding knitting needles) you could even say I’m hooked! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wishing a happy December to all,
and to all a heartily wholesome night! โค Jackie

The Life Project

The Christmas season is upon us, and even I canโ€™t put it off any longer! I thought that it might be fun to take a look at it from two different points of view, looking back and looking forward. ย Today, letโ€™s look backโ€ฆ

For me, the notion of Christmas in the Victorian era is a great one; it somehow seems so innocent and wholesome. ย I donโ€™t know why this is, maybe Iโ€™m just a sucker for that period, but somehow things just seem more simple. ย My honest guess is that this would amuse the people who lived then, but what the heck, letโ€™s deck the halls!

Of course you would have to start out with your Christmas cards, this was the era that invented them, and since internet connections werenโ€™t that great in those days, everyone would actually writeย them and send them in the mail!

OK, try to picture this:โ€ฆ

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24 responses

  1. I remember one year a few years ago, while caring for mother, my sister whose only “job” was helping me as caregiver. We were financially stretched, her more than me and I recall her giving me an orange in a paper bag with a ribbon and handmade card, because that was all she could give and I cried. It was the most precious gift I’d ever received, that and her being with me and helping me during a very difficult time. Simple and sweet and forever in my heart.

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    December 7, 2016 at 9:01 am

    • Ohhh Jolie… how truly blessed you are, to have received this heartfelt gift from your sister! Thank you for blessing my blog with your beautiful story of sisterly love! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      December 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm

  2. Only once in my life have I experienced a ‘cool’ weatherwise Christmas. (I was in New Zealand at the time – I think the wind came from the Antarctic that day.) Most Christmasses both past and present had this HOT component. The images you post of Victorian times are refreshing and beautiful. I do believe the very first Christmas must have been cold. No one seems to prove for sure if there would have been snow. This is why we here have such a beautiful mixture of Christmas Cards – typically Australian with heat and BBQ’s etc but always, always the reminder of Northern hemisphere and snowflakes and sleds, and poor St. Nicholas who had to wear a red suit so if he fell off the roof of a poor child’s home (no fire cause too poor to buy coal) he could be seen in the snow. Santa was indeed born out of that ancient story of the man who wanted to bless poor children on Christmas Eve. Love the beauty you posted on this blog. Thank you sincerely.

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    December 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    • Happy to hear you’ve so thoroughly enjoyed today’s post with Victorian images, Faye ๐Ÿ™‚ Perhaps one day you’ll get to experience a good ol’ authentic white Christmas in the northern hemisphere? Wow, so foreign for me to hear about your Aussie bbq Christmas cards! This week’s temps are in the deep-freeze at -20’sยบC = -30’sยบC with the windchill, so we won’t be brave enough to bbq any tie soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ :-/ But wOw, what a warm ‘n welcome thought! Christmas blessings to you, Faye! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      December 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

  3. Here’s hoping you have a wonderful Christmas, Jackie! โค

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    December 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    • Thanks Anna โค Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with hope and health for a happy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      December 12, 2016 at 3:44 pm

  4. you are so fun…

    crank the Christmas carols – ha!

    and I know a white Christmas well – but not sure I would have liked the victorian days – but love their cards and some of the clothing
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 14, 2016 at 2:45 am

    • Thanks for popping by with your sprinkle of Christmas cheer, Yvette ๐Ÿ™‚ Yup, quite a contrast between our modern world and the Victorian-style cards/clothes/daily life! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      December 14, 2016 at 11:20 pm

  5. We’re to finally have a white Christmas for the first time in years–yes, Wisconsin has had PLENTY of brown Christmases. I also love the Victorian take on Christmas imagery–there’s a softness that feels right with the season, just like the Christmas lights that glow beneath the powdery snow. Thanks for sharing this!

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    December 14, 2016 at 5:24 am

    • Glad you enjoyed this post, Jean ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooooh yes… gotta โค the glow of Christmas lights in fresh, powdery snow… and all the quaint/pure Victorian softness that fits so well with the Christmas season! Hope you do get to enjoy a fluffy white Christmas, this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      December 14, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      • Thanks! It’s frigid here, but we’ve got loads of the white stuff for once. Usually we’d get a ton of snow in November, and it would aaaaaaaaaall melt by Christmas. I’m thankful for this change-up by Mother Nature. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        December 15, 2016 at 4:15 am

        • Happy for you to get to enjoy a white Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚ Pleased to say our snow was weeks late, this year. Once it’s here, though, that’s it ’til March/April! I think we’d all be dancing barefoot in the streets, if it ever melted in tme for Christmas… LoL ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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          December 18, 2016 at 12:21 am

          • LOL! Oh yes, Wisconsin’s a finnicky place. I’ve had to go trick or treating in snow gear a few times, and have had snow days in May…and NO SNOW AT CHRISTMAS. So I hope this means no snow days this spring. ๐Ÿ˜›

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            December 18, 2016 at 5:08 am

            • HA! … yup, “wild” is our weather’s middle name and we often wonder how we’ll end up paying for any unseasonable breathers… sigh… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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              December 20, 2016 at 7:43 pm

  6. Have a blessed christmas Jackie..bless you and your family.
    ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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    December 14, 2016 at 5:40 am

    • Thanks so much, Mich โค Christmas blessings to you and your family, as well! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      December 14, 2016 at 11:50 pm

  7. theburningheart

    Lovely Jackie! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    • awe thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m happy to know you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      December 15, 2016 at 12:08 am

  8. Happy Holidays!

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    December 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

    • Thank you! And a happy Christmas season to you! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ Jackie@KWH

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      December 24, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  9. Season’s greetings and best wishes for 2017! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

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