Queen Victoria introduced Hogmanay to England, bringing with it many a bizarre superstitions and cultural rituals from the Scottish new year celebration.
No doubt, summer is the most social season the year. It is a time for block parties with the neighbors, family vacations, camping trips, evenings spent in the company of friends on the back deck. Door-step parties were a favorite summer pastime for the Victorians. The Beard sisters described such an event vividly in their... Continue Reading →