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Here we are busy getting ready for Christmas which seems to have come round very quickly this year. OK I know it is still 365 days in a year but I have been so busy that this year seems to have flown by faster.

Victorian Show Night

In previous years Weymouth has held a Victorian Show Night in the Town which usually promises to be a very nostalgic night to put anyone in the Christmas mood.   I have tried to find out if it is going to be held again for 2010 but can not find the dates yet so If anyone knows the exact dates please let me know.  It would be an awful shame if this event was not to take place.

And even if the Victorian show night does not happen this year you will still be able to enjoy the decorations and Christmas lights around Weymouth and the lovely way in which Brewers Quay is decorated and the shops give off that air of old fashioned quaintness which should help to make you feel very Christmasy.  You can also take in some late night Christmas shopping if you want.

Christmas Shopping at Brewers Quay

If you are looking for some fantastic Christmas bits and bobs then go to the Harbour Lights shop in Brewers Quay, if you have read my blog before you will know that I love this shop but it is a real treat at Christmas with plenty of pretty decorations and gift ideas and if you pop next door to the Sweet Sensations you can get some traditional sweets and candies which make ideal presents and treats.

If you are looking for that special gift for that special someone in your life it is worth taking a look around all the shops in the Quay as there are some specialist shops such as Pauline’s Patchwork , Wowz on Canvas and All things Collectable, along with many other delightful shops.

And why not sit and have a nice cup of tea in the Courtyard Restaurant or a meal in the Excise House.

Click on the link to view the Abseiling Santa at Brewers Quay Ho! Ho! Ho!

And not forgetting of course that Weymouth Town has some great shops for all your other Christmas shopping requirements including plenty of superb clothes shops for your Party Dresses and shoes.

What’s On in December?

Other things to look out for are:-

3 December 2010 – at Moby Dicks The Esplanade Weymouth 8.30 to 10pm  (one night only)

Miles England the Comedy Hypnotist. Tickets from Moby Dicks.

4 December 2010 at Portland National  Sailing Acadamy Ann Waters; T: 01305 812775 E:

Ben Waters Christmas Party. A Christmas spectacular with one of world’s leading Boogie Woogie/Rock n Roll piano players, Ben Waters.

You can enjoy excellent carvery-style food. Tickets for the event are priced at £27 per head.

5 December 2010 – at Brewers  Quay

Reindeer Day

11 December 2010 – at Nothe Fort

Christmas Celebrations

13 December 2010 – at Moby Dicks The Esplanade Weymouth

Moby’s Comedy Night. With 3 comedians and a comic compere. Tickets are £8 each. 8.15pm – 11pm 01305 853587

18 & 19 December 2010 – Willowbed Hall, Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset 8.15am – 1pm

Christmas Weekend Arts Crafts & Produce Event., lots  of arts and crafts stalls all under one roof. Including MIGHTY HOP BREWERY offering seasonal mulled cider, seasonal hot treats also available, parking and toilets. Wheelchair friendly free parking.

19 December 2010 – Weymouth Beach

Chase the Pudding Fun Run

25 December 2010 – Weymouth Old Harbour

Christmas Day Swim

31 December 2010 – Town centre

New Year’s Eve Fancy Dress Revelry




So until next time from …. Pratley Caravans

Traditional Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas Traditions – How the Victorians Celebrated Christmas

By Emma Martin

Many of the Christmas traditions and practices we enjoy the most can be traced back to the Victorian era, which covers the duration of Queen Victoria’s ruling over the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901. During that period, the country experienced something of an emergence from its formerly Puritanical bans on extravagant celebrations. Naturally, people rather exuberantly embraced their newly merry and flamboyant celebrations, spawning a host of traditions. Many of the most popular Victorian traditions are still very much in practice today.

Perhaps one of the most popular Victorian Christmas traditions that is still observed today is the sending of Christmas cards. The practice of sending printed Christmas cards started in England and was a modification of the then customary writing of greetings by English children to their parents. The printed cards enjoyed huge success and later on became a contagious practice that spread from England to the rest of the UK then to the rest of the world. More than a century later, we still send Christmas cards by the truckload to destinations around the globe.

The Christmas tree was not a British innovation, but history has it that the German husband of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, brought and introduced the Christmas tree from Germany to the United Kingdom in the 1840s. From Windsor castle, the tree’s popularity spread rapidly, becoming even more popular in the US than it ever was in England, and now the Christmas tree is practically synonymous with Christmas, even though were banned by the Puritans as being far too pagan in its symbolism.

Two London-based sweets makers, James Hovell and Tom Smith invented Christmas crackers in 1846. The confectionery makers wrapped their sweets in colored paper twisted around the shaft. The wrapped candies became further popular when love notes, small toys and other bits and pieces were also tucked inside the crackers.

The traditional visitations of carol singers also started in England during the Victorian era. Popular Christmas carols became crowd favorites. Among them were ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘See Amid the Winters Snow’ and ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’.

The next time you exchange gifts with friends and family, remember that the traditional Christmas practice was started during the Victorian era. During the reign of Queen Victoria, the middle class people started making hand-made toys that were then given to children for free on Christmas Day.

The hugely popular Santa Claus is a very characteristic Victorian tradition, as well. In England, Santa Claus was first known as Father Christmas, who was committed to giving out gifts to children on the eve of Christmas Day.

These are just a few examples of the more celebrated Victorian Christmas traditions. They surely add color and fun to everyone’s Christmas.

For some great Christmas Victoriana to add to your own holiday celebrations, there are wonderful Victorian Christmas decorations available, but some of my favorite collectibles are actual ephemera from the period, such as Victorian Christmas Cards

Emma Martin loves vintage collectibles, especially Halloween and Christmas decorations. You can visit her website at:

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For December 2010 | Author: Pratley Caravans