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Our final installment of this monthly series "A Year in the Home" from the 1890s editions of Godey's Lady's Book, treats us to suggestions for appropriate Christmas gift giving, followed by some terrific ideas for family-only fun.
I don't know about you, but I may just give some of these a try with my family this Christmas season.
This brings us to the end of the series. We hope you have enjoyed this year-long peek into the lives of people who lived in the year 1890. Is there anything you found surprising? Let us know in the comments below.
In the meantime, we here at GCV&M wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a joy-filled 2017!
Thanksgiving comes along with November and Mrs. Prescott is happy to tell us how much the holiday has evolved. It's not just the turkey itself, but how it is presented and the activities one does to celebrate with family and friends. Read on for a look at Thanksgiving, calling cards, stationery and the novel use of an envelope pre-stamped with "no-lick" postage in November of 1890 in the series, "A Year in the Home: November" from Godey's Lady's Book, 1890.
How do you think Thanksgiving celebrations in 1890 compare with today's? Does your family have special holiday activities they do before or after the big feast? Let us know in the comment section below.
October has turned Mrs. Prescott's thoughts to weddings and how the "modern," independent, well-bred, society girl of 1890 manages her wedding in unconventional but thoroughly delightful ways. Read on for all that Mrs. Prescott has to say about what wedding superstitions and customs looked like in September of 1890 in the series, "A Year in the Home: October" from Godey's Lady's Book, 1890.
If you've enjoyed reading about weddings, please be sure to stop and visit with our friends at the Big Springs Museum in Caledonia, NY between now and December of 2016 to see the pictured period wedding dresses, along with many more period wedding dresses and artifacts.
How do you think weddings in 1890 compare with today's wedding customs and superstitions? Let us know in the comment section below.
Summer begins winding to a close as September comes along. What does Mrs. Prescott have to say to us this month? Naturally we will need some ideas for selecting summer souvenirs and what to do with them. Then, since September is "the dullest social month of all the year," we will need tips on "at home" cards and receiving callers. If that doesn't enliven the dullness of the month enough, how about a September "coaching party?" Read on for all that Mrs. Prescott has to say about what life was like in September of 1890 in the series, "A Year in the Home: September" from Godey's Lady's Book, 1890.
What do you like to save as summer souvenirs? Do you think September is a dull social month? What do you think of the idea of hosting "coaching parties?" Let us know in the comment section below.
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