An Old-fashioned Christmas
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!