The English nobleman decided to send his friends something different to the usual Christmas letters for a change.He embellished his Christmas cards with the text: ”Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You“.The generally richly illustrated cards soon enjoyed great popularity in Great Britain from where they began their triumphal march throughout the rest of the world.
It was intended as a sign to travellers that food and shelter was available in this house.
The result was an increase in prosperity, the main beneficiaries of which was a religious and morally conscientious middle class.
Although the name “Victorian age” might suggest otherwise, Queen Victoria’s political influence was quite modest.
Candles were a firm fixture of the Victorian Christmas and were used in different variants.
In many households, an advent wreath would be displayed in the run-up to Christmas.
A Swiss cottage was imported for the five children.