An Old-fash­ioned Christmas

Victorian Homes - - Editor’s Letter - Mer­rie Deste­fano, Ed­i­tor mer­riedeste­

I’M ONE OF THOSE PEO­PLE WHO LOVES AN OLD-FASH­IONED CHRISTMAS, from schmaltzy movies to tow­er­ing trees and big din­ners. I currently live in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, but I grew up in North­ern Illi­nois, so an­other in­gre­di­ent I love is snow—lots of it: big drifts lean­ing against houses, thick lay­ers ic­ing cars and mail­boxes, sleds cut­ting stripes down long slop­ing hills. There were eight of us in my fam­ily, and we cel­e­brated the hol­i­day on Christmas Eve, all of us sit­ting on the floor in front of the tree, pass­ing presents to one an­other and oc­ca­sion­ally open­ing the wrong gift. There’d be laugh­ter and con­fu­sion un­til the giver re­al­ized our mis­take.

I think many of us harken back to the hol­i­days of our youth, do­ing our best to recre­ate those mem­o­ries, while fash­ion­ing new ones as well. About 30 years ago, I hand em­broi­dered a set of Christmas or­na­ments that I hang on the tree ev­ery year—sim­i­lar to the ideas found on page 22, in DIY Vic­to­rian Christmas Dé­cor. And there’s noth­ing quite like a roasted Christmas goose (page 116, Cook­ing Dick­ens’ In­spired Dishes) to con­jure hol­i­day spirit.

Whether you’re look­ing to trim your tree (page 84, Christmas Cozy), set a lav­ish ta­ble (page 42, O, Christmas Greens) or try a new color pal­ette when putting up your hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions (page 108, All I Want For Christmas), we hope you find ex­actly what you’re look­ing for in th­ese pages. And we hope you have a perfect, old-fash­ioned, Vic­to­rian-style Christmas this year!


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