Retro Christmas Countdown – Xmas in the 20th Century

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When I was younger I was partial to the Victorian Christmas, but lately I’ve sort of fallen in love with the kitschy stuff of the 50s and 60s (as is evident if you check out my instagram for pics of my apartment).

Do you have a favourite decade or style?

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While Christmas dates back hundreds of years before, it was the start of the 20th century that saw the turn towards the lavish and very commercial holiday that we all know today. Here’s a very brief history of Christmas traditions from the last century.

1900s

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The first Christmas card was created in 1843 by John Horsley, and by the turn of the century the Victorian’s love of sentimental greetings had made this a popular tradition.

The Victorian styles of decorating carried into the start of the 20th century, with gilded nuts, candles and paper ornaments adorning trees.

This decade also saw the creation of what was to become one of the most popular children’s toys of the century; the Teddy Bear. Named after President Roosevelt, the charming story of the origin of this toy and its name can be read here.

1910s

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As Christmas rapidly became a highly…

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