Whenever a holiday comes around, my thoughts always go to my ancestors. This is especially true at Christmas. I want to know: How did they celebrate Christmas? What did they ask Santa to bring them when they were children? What did they eat to celebrate the day? What was the conversation like around the dinner table? What Christmas carols did they sing?
While I will never know for sure (until I meet them in Heaven and get the opportunity to ask!), I can get an idea of what Christmas was like in the 1800's by visiting websites & reading books that offer that information. So, to that end, here are some websites that describe how our ancestors celebrated Christmas:
Victorian Christmas Dinner Menu
A Victorian Christmas
The History of Christmas in the 19th Century
The History of Christmas in America
Old West Legends: A Pioneer Christmas
Christmas in the 1800's