By Sarah Belley, Education and Engagement Coordinator
While the custom to “deck the halls with boughs of holly” far predate the Victorian Era (1837-1901), the Victorians were quite influential in the revival of the Christmas holiday and many of its traditions. Arguably the most popular Christmas story of all time is “A Christmas Carol”, which was written by Charles Dickens and published in 1843. Dickens managed to capture the essence of Victorian Era holiday rituals surrounding family, food, and most importantly, the generosity of spirit. Writers, musicians, and public figures of this era all played a role in shaping the customs we recognize today. Innovative developments stemming from the British industrial revolution also influenced numerous elements of Victorian society and culture.
This December, the Chilliwack Museum will host “Victorian Traditions”, an opportunity for elementary school classes to step back in time over 200 years to discover what life was like in the Victorian Era. How did these Victorian practices shape life in the Fraser Valley following the goldrush of 1858? Which of the customs changed, and which stayed the same? How are traditions important in our own families today?
Students will experience a festive gathering of music, games, crafts, and a tasty candy confection from Chilliwack’s very own Dickens Sweets and British Museum. Guided programs run for 75 minutes from November 25th to December 18th, and the cost per class of 22 students is $60.
Call to book: 604-795-5210 (ext 103)
The Chilliwack Museum and Archives wishes everyone a happy holiday season!