Christmas Traditions: Bûche de Noël

The Yule Log, or Bûche de Noël, is a French Christmas cake, the history of which stretches back before the medieval era. As families gathered to welcome the winter solstice, logs decorated with holly or ivy were burned to cleanse the air of the previous year’s events. The Yule log lived on, but because burning... Continue Reading →

1889’s Fall Fashions

The Fall Trends of October 1889, according to Godey’s Lady Book, the leading women’s fashion magazine of the Victorian era.   Fig. 1. Ulster of dark blue cloth, belted into the waist. Felt-trimmed shoulder cape with silk, velvet and feather aigrette. Fig. 2. Walking costume for lady, made of cloth. The front part of the... Continue Reading →

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