Christmas, Victorian style BBC
The costs of Christmas past and Christmas present
By Sarah Treanor Business reporter, BBC News
The Royal Christmas Tree admired by Victoria, Albert and their children in 1848
Christmas as we know it in 2013, with its tear-jerking adverts on television, online shopping bonanza, and parade of "must-have" toys and gifts, may seem a very commercial and modern business.
However, many Christmas traditions that dominate the modern British home are not new at all.
From the bauble-bedecked tree, to the crackers, the presents and roast dinner, the "commercialisation" of Christmas has its roots firmly in mid-Victorian Britain.
But while for many Victorians, nuts and dried fruit would have been the typical presents hanging from the tree, this year UK households will spend around £22.3bn on Christmas and families will splash out a very large-sounding £599 each on gifts alone, according to a YouGov survey.
Tags : Christmas, Victorian, Dickens, cards
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