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
add to the charm of your Christmas decorations.
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.
Canadian images of gift-givers
Canadian images of the Christmas Season
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.