Essential Reading

'I have been a family historian for more than 40 years, and a professional historian for over 30, but as I read it, I was constantly encountering new ways of looking at my family history....Essential reading I would say!' Alan Crosby, WDYTYA Magazine

Monday, 25 December 2017

Ancestors' Advent Calendar: Dec 25th: Remember Those Who Have Departed

The Christmas Rose

We bid thee welcome, sweet Christmas rose,
Come from the land where our loved reposed,
Glittering with rime
In a wintry clime
 You bring hope to our hearts at Christmastime

We bid thee welcome, though saddened hearts
Think on a time in the cherished past
When the heart's best rhyme
Would scarcely keep time
 With the festive joys of Christmastime. 

We bid thee welcome, for in turning o'er
A page in the book of memory store
 A garland so fine, with roses of thine
 Did honour our dead at Christmastime.

We bid thee welcome, dear lonely flower,
Blooming so sweet in your snow-clad bower
From the wind’s low whine
You re-echo the time
That brought peace to our hearts at Christmas times.
 M.G.N.



By Nellie Benson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons [1901]
                                        
                             
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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Ancestors' Advent Calendar: Dec 24th: Send Artistic Cards!


‘CHRISTMAS CARDS – Judging from the displays in the stationers’ windows, there does not appear to be the slightest falling off in the demand for Christmas cards, and they are there an endless variety. The interchange of friendly greetings through the medium of the prettily-designed cards is a custom that will not readily fall into disuse, at least not so long as it is encouraged by the production of cards of real artistic excellence at a nominal figure.’


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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Ancestors' Advent Calendar: Dec 23rd: Festoon Your Rooms


On the decoration of Barton Regis workhouse:

‘The entrance hall was ornamented with pictures and floral devices, and from festoons stretched across the lobby depended baskets of flowers.’ 

Bristol Mercury, Gloucestershire 26th December 1885.

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