Christmas was observed as a religious event during the early days of Fort Victoria, but by the time the Fraser River Gold Rush began in 1858 it had started to take on a more secular appearance. Find out how Christmas was observed in Victoria during the 19th century, from the annual decoration of the churches to the competition between butcher shops for the fanciest store window displays. In this illustrated talk, John Adams will draw upon the reminiscences of Emily Carr, Dr. John S. Helmcken and many other residents of the city who vividly describe their Christmas traditions and memories. If you think that the commercialization of Christmas is a recent phenomenon, you will be amazed to discover it was happening here back in the 1880s.
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