A Victorian Christmas

11.30 am 23.11.07 - CHRISTMAS traditions from the Victorian times can be seen at an exhibition at North Somerset Museum.

CHRISTMAS traditions from the Victorian times can be seen at an exhibition at North Somerset Museum.

The parlour of Clara's Cottage has been decorated with trimmings around the fireplace with cards, paper chains and a Christmas tree.

The custom of having a Christmas tree in England was started by Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert in the 1840s and 1850s, an idea they learnt in Germany.

The Christmas card was introduced by Henry Cole in the 1860s to save time writing festive letters to family and friends.

Clara's parlour will be decorated between December 1 and January 4 next year.

The museum, in Burlington Street, Weston, is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.

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