Continue reading...The 18th century Christmas is kind of the ugly step-sister to Christmas of the 19th century. The Victorian Era of Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens and other Christmas superstars seems to hog the holiday limelight.
Yet we could not have had the 19th century Christmas without some key movers-and-shakers in the 18th century.
It was a critical time in world history.
The British Empire had so expanded to nearly every corner of the globe. Their power and influence were legendary. But even England was recovering a bit from the century before.
Christmas took a beating in the 1600s. The British Civil War had Christmas at its center. Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan backers hated Christmas for very good reasons.
Christmas in Great Britain and in the Church of England had become a festival of not only great excess but also of riotous behavior.
Something had to be done about it. Fortunately, the 18th century saw their fair share of Christmas influencers. Many of them, especially in the world of...