A Victorian Christmas Dinner
“My vision was a masculine, yet overthe-top gilded masterpiece,” Bruce says.
Known for their extravagance, Victorians typically dined on multi-course meals and Christmas was no exception. In fact, the after-church meal was one of the largest of the year. Here are some of the most important courses of the holiday. Boisterous Beverages They drank holiday-worthy alcohol, from eggnog to rum, with their celebratory fare.
Soup’s On! Victorians enjoyed meat in their soup, which often included oyster and turtle, at Christmastime.
Birds of a Feather When it came to choosing the main course, wealthier Victorians indulged in turkey, while poorer families invested in geese. Alternatively, the Northern English partook of roast beef.
Pudding and Pies Pudding was a very important part of the Christmas meal, and families enjoyed a variety of fruit flavors. They also feasted on sundry pies, including mincemeat, a savory variety. Gold beads and silverware bring a regal flare to Bruce’s table, which also boasts a perfectly-period pineapple centerpiece.