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A Victorian Christmas

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A Victorian Christmas

Christmas, as we know it, was introduced into the Western World by Queen Victoria, and her husband, the German Prince Albert, in the middle part of the 19th century; in the form of Christmas trees and cards, presents, holly, lights, garlands and mistletoe. These customs were popularized by the monarch and that other enthusiast, Charles Dickens.

 Wyntersea Productions spent a winter in Victoria, BC, Canada, and it seemed fitting to  create this documentary of Queen Victoria’s influence on how we celebrate the joys of Christmas today. This documentary takes the viewer down the decorated streets of Victoria, amid the Christmas scenes, aboard the horse drawn carriages and into the festive mood with the ‘Parade of Boats‘ on the inner harbour.

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The shepherds went their hasty way,  And found the lowly stable-shed

Where the Virgin-Mother lay:  And now they checked their eager tread,

For to the Babe, that at her bosom clung,  A Mother’s song the Virgin-Mother sung.
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They told her how a glorious light, 
Streaming from a heavenly throng.

Around them shone, suspending night!  While sweeter than a mother’s song,

Blest Angels heralded the Savior’s birth, to God on high! and Peace on Earth.

by: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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City of Victoria, British Columbia at Christmas

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Victoria, British Columbia ‘Parade of Boats’ at Christmas

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Queen Victoria statue, in front of Parliament Building, Victoria, BC