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History of Christmas In Canada | Canadian Christmas Markets (1874)

My being for a length of time in a town showed me new features of our colonial life which should in vain have looked for in the country. In many respects I might easily have forgotten I was in Canada at all, for you might as well speak of getting a correct idea of England from living in a provincial town, as of Canada by living in the streets of Toronto.

The dress of the people is much the same as in Britain. Hats and light overcoats are not entirely laid aside even in winter, though fur caps and gauntlets, after all, are much more common. The ladies sweep along with more show than in England, as if they dressed for out-of-door display especially; but they are, no doubt, tempted to this by the clearness and dryness of the air, which neither soils nor injures fine things, as the coal-dust and the dampness do in English towns. The most plainly-dressed ladies I used to see were the wife and daughters of the Governor-general. Continue reading

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Antique Christmas Decoration – Santa, sleigh and reindeer | 1939

b&w line drawing, old fashioned Santa with basket, antlers | line drawing

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Antique tissue paper bells from 1915 | Canadian Christmas Decorations

These Christmas Bells made of bright red tissue paper will

add to the charm of your Christmas decorations.

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Traditional Christmas Tree Ornaments from the 1956 Eatons’ Catalogue

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Large Set of Vintage Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments | 1930s

These glass ornaments were carried by Toronto distributors Nerlich

in their 1938 Christmas catalogue. Although I grew up in the 50’s/60’s these

are the same style that were on my tree including the pine cones in the lower left hand corner.

vintage Christmas tree ornaments | pine cones, glass balls with inset

Index: Christmas in Canada Through Historical Images

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Core Index: The Christmas Season in Canada Through Historical Images

Canadian images of gift-givers

Papa Santa Claus hands out gifts | 1890s

Father Christmas Shakes Hands with Father Time | 1890s

This toboggan-carrying Canadian Santa Wore Snowshoes | 19th Century

Canadian Santa with his bag full of toys climbs into chimney | 1920s

Canadian images of the Christmas Season

Canadian children dance around candle-lit Christmas tree | 1870s

Madonna and child look down on Quebec family | 1880s

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Papa Santa Claus hands out gifts | 1893

Victorian-era Canadian Pere Noel hands out gifts | Candle-lit old fashioned Christmas tree in the background

I found this traditional depiction of Santa Claus in his thick fur jacket and mittens in the Christmas 1893 issue of Le Monde Illustre. He’s stands in front of a towering Christmas tree as he hands out toys to a long line of patiently waiting children.  The caption reads: L’Arbre de noel. – La distribution faite par Papa Santa Claus. If you “click to enlarge: you’ll see the candle-lit Christmas tree with old-fashioned ornaments like a marionette, a drum and cornucopias.

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