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Christmas Traditions

The origin of the Christmas tree and a vast collection of antique Christmas ornaments are featured.

Many of our Christmas customs can be traced back to Christmas traditions in Great Britain during the Victorian age. The Christmas tree, Christmas cards, carol singers, Santa Claus and the all-important gifts stem from this era. In a special exhibition running until 12 February 2012, the Doll’s House Museum Basel is devoting itself to Victorian Christmas. Display cases with hundreds of Christmas ornaments, readings from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and short concerts by carol singers will radiate a sense of British Christmas tradition. Read more about Christmas in the Victorian times and see photos of the museum’s vast collection of antique Christmas ornaments. When you are finished reading about a Victorian Christmas, visit the museum’s web site to see many photographs of children’s toys such as teddy bears, dolls, and doll’s houses.

[Photo courtesy of Puppenhausmuseum Basel]