A Very Victorian White Christmas

A Very Victorian White Christmas

We are all dreaming of a white Christmas this year at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, and we have decided to give the Lawrence family a Christmas they could only have dreamed of by decking the halls of their first Eastwood home!

Normally we brush off the dust of our old decorations; but this year we have decorated the museum following A Very Victorian White Christmas theme!

From twinkly lights to traditional paper decorations, we want to get visitors ready for Christmas in style!

Did you know one of our best loved traditions of decorating the Christmas tree was made popular in the mid-19th century? Victorians decorated their trees with gingerbread men, marzipan candies, cotton batting Santa’s, tin soldiers and many other colourful ornaments.

However unfortunately not all Victorian families could afford such extravagances. The Lawrence family never had a Christmas tree; but turned to nature for their inspiration in decorating their home by gathering plants like holly and mistletoe.

Giving festive tours is the perfect antidote to the cold weather, and our tour guides are enjoying learning about Victorian family traditions such as roasting nuts on the fire and ‘stir-up Sunday’, ready to tell visitors. We’d love you to join us whilst we discover A Very Victorian White Christmas! We’ve also stocked up on vintage toys and stocking fillers to help get your Christmas shopping underway.

You don’t have to visit the museum to browse our gift shop though, so feel free to pop in next time your nearby!

If you need any further information please call us on 0115 917 3824

D.H. Lawrence Team