TeachersFirst's Victorian Christmas



Plan a Victorian Christmas for your class, beginning with this collection of resources. Take a multidisciplinary approach to include decorative arts, food, literature, and more. Assign different student groups to organize and share various aspects of the holidays from another place and time. This list of reviewed resources will get you started. You might even want to create a Victorian Christmas wiki as a virtual experience to which you can "invite" others. Learn more about wikis in TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

Looking for more Christmas resources? See TeachersFirst's Christmas collection.


 

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Make a Victorian Cornucopia - TeachersFirst

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This simple lesson activity gives instructions for making a Victorian "cornucopia" Christmas ornament filled with candy or other treats. This Victorian tradition dates back to the 19th...more
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This simple lesson activity gives instructions for making a Victorian "cornucopia" Christmas ornament filled with candy or other treats. This Victorian tradition dates back to the 19th century. The printable pattern is included. See more Victorian Christmas activities on the TeachersFirst Victorian Christmas page.

tag(s): christmas (61), victorian (20)

In the Classroom

Try this easy activity during a Christmas 'Round the World unit or as part of a study of the Victorian Era. Have students take digital pictures of the steps and include them on your class web page or wiki (with captions!) so others can try the activity at home. Make cornucopias as gifts for a visit to a local nursing home or children's home so the activity becomes a service project.

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Nutcracker Study Guide - Inland Pacific Ballet

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4 to 8
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Use this site from the New York City Ballet to find ways to introduce your students to the glorious music from Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker Suite. This site...more
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Use this site from the New York City Ballet to find ways to introduce your students to the glorious music from Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker Suite. This site offers lots of ways to incorporate the Nutcracker story and history into curriculum.

tag(s): christmas (61)

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Use this site as a resource during a historic examination of Christmas. Have students re-write their own version of the story using a different setting, time period, or both be sure that they consider how costumes, sets, characters, folk dances,music, landmarks, locations, events, and animals might be different. Have students consider the Dance of the Snowflakes scene in The Nutcracker. Discuss what animals they might find living in this kind of habitat? What else would you likely find living in this habitat (plants, trees, insects, etc.)? Have students record their ideas on a graphic organizer and draw pictures to go along with it. Have students compare or contrast The Nutcracker with another folk tale, fairy tale or story they have read or are familiar with.

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Carol after Edgar Allen Poe - J.H. McNulty

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Tie together two well-known 19th Century masterworks with this adaptation of A Christmas Carol set to the meter and rhyme of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." This creative twist on ...more
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Tie together two well-known 19th Century masterworks with this adaptation of A Christmas Carol set to the meter and rhyme of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." This creative twist on Dickens holiday tale can serve as a summarization of the novel for your students, or as a springboard to a creative writing activity on Victorian poets and novelists. Composed by J. H. McNulty.

tag(s): dickens (13), poetry (213)

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Use this resource as a tool during a unit about the Christmas Carol or as part of creative writing unit. Gifted students will especially enjoy the combination of two works into an original. Have them try their own, perhaps more contemporary combination of style from one work with substance from another for a creative synthesis extraordinaire.

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Aspects of the Antebellum Christmas - Conner Prairie

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This site looks at Victorian Christmas observances from the American point of view. Focusing on holiday celebrations between 1830 and 1860, this site examines the growth of the Christmas...more
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This site looks at Victorian Christmas observances from the American point of view. Focusing on holiday celebrations between 1830 and 1860, this site examines the growth of the Christmas holiday as we know it, examining those traditions that have continued into the 20th Century and those that are but a memory.

tag(s): christmas (61), victorian (20)

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Use this website as a resource during a unit on Christmas, or while looking at the differences in American life before and after the Civil War.

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Dickens and Christmas - David Perdue

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Charles Dickens had a profound influence on the way we celebrate Christmas today. This informative site details the revival of Christmas during Victorian times, draws connection to...more
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Charles Dickens had a profound influence on the way we celebrate Christmas today. This informative site details the revival of Christmas during Victorian times, draws connection to many Dickens' novels, and explains several significant themes evident in A Christmas Carol.

tag(s): christmas (61), dickens (13), victorian (20)

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Use this website as a tool during a unit on Christmas or Charles Dickens. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation around a theme from Dickens using one of the TeachersFirst Edge reviewed multimedia tools.

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Parlour Games - Old-Fashioned Living

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What kinds of activities would be found at a 19th century Christmas party? Read and learn about some very popular games played by children and adults during the Victorian era. ...more
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What kinds of activities would be found at a 19th century Christmas party? Read and learn about some very popular games played by children and adults during the Victorian era. Clear, simple instructions are provided and little or no preparation is required

tag(s): christmas (61), victorian (20)

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Use this website as a resource for finding games that could bring history to life during a unit on Victorian England or Christmas. Plan a Victorian Christmas celebration with historically accurate games, food, and decorations.

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A Victorian Christmas - Malcolm Warrington

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Give students a taste of the Victorian celebration with this site showing greeting cards from the Victorian era, and explaining the Victorian origins of many of today's Christmas traditions....more
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Give students a taste of the Victorian celebration with this site showing greeting cards from the Victorian era, and explaining the Victorian origins of many of today's Christmas traditions. We wish the images were bigger, but this is a nicely designed introduction to Victorian celebrations.

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Use this website during a unit on Christmas or Victorian history. Consider having students create their own online Victorian "albums" using a tool such as Mix Book (reviewed here).

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Celebrate a Victorian Christmas - Victoriana Magazine

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This site provides a wealth of information concerning 19th century holiday traditions. Learn about Victorian Christmas tree decorations, view holiday illustrations from the December...more
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This site provides a wealth of information concerning 19th century holiday traditions. Learn about Victorian Christmas tree decorations, view holiday illustrations from the December 1860 issue of Godey's Lady's Book, and explore appropriate 19th Century gift suggestions. This site also contains a complete dinner menu from 1890, with recipes for plum pudding, easy to follow directions for making a pine cone Santa (Harper's Bazaar, December 1867) and a facsimile of the first Christmas card, sent in 1843.

tag(s): christmas (61), victorian (20)

In the Classroom

This site is especially useful as a teacher-resource in planning a series of activities centering around an historic, Victorian approach to Christmas. Use it also as the basis for an informational treasure hunt with students from upper elementary through middle school. Use this site as a resource for study of the Victorian Era.

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