These Victorian Christmas images will get you in the holiday mood

By | December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Christmas, Holidays, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , |

“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas. It brings people together while time stands still.” -Rachel Cohn  Happy holidays, dear customers! We hope that the jingle bells are jingling and that you are already creating memories you will cherish. The Christmas season is a time of year with a hard-to-describe ethereal thickness [...]

A Beatrix Potter Christmas

By | December 13th, 2023|Categories: Christmas, Holidays, Women's History|

I know our readers love them some Beatrix Potter. For me, her illustrations bring to mind thoughts of warm summer days at my grandparent's house - open fields and veggies growing for what seemed to be miles when I was young. I am sure many of you feel the same. And I am sure that [...]

Why are red and green Christmas colors?

By | December 6th, 2023|Categories: Christmas, Holidays|

We enjoy covering holiday traditions on the Recollections blog. One of the most pervasive traditions is almost overlooked because it is so ingrained in the season, the use of red and green. How did the colors become the colors of Christmas? Let’s look at some theories, including what I believe to be true.  Red and [...]

Black Friday: five theories and facts

By | November 24th, 2023|Categories: Christmas, Holidays, Thanksgiving|

We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The holiday shopping season is here! We love offering you special discounts as part of the beginning of the holiday shopping season and of course, Black Friday.  Some believe that the term was created to refer to the fact that the holiday season supports retail establishments to [...]

A very Vintage Thanksgiving to you!

By | November 19th, 2023|Categories: Holidays, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized|

Happy Thanksgiving!  I so enjoy seeing how people from the past celebrated holidays. It is something we have enjoyed covering on the blog over the years (I will link to a bunch of Thanksgiving history posts below). Vintage Thanksgiving magazine covers are a great way to see how society has changed. For instance, these days [...]

The History of Jack-O-Lanterns

By | October 10th, 2023|Categories: Halloween, Holidays|Tags: |

The time is here again! There is a nip in the air and black and orange abound. Creativity is flowing - Halloween is here. Before long, a large number of people reading this will be carving pumpkins. I hope to do the same. But as many of you, I don’t know much about the history [...]

Celebrating spring with the maypole

By | April 26th, 2023|Categories: Holidays, Victorian culture, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

How are you celebrating the arrival of spring? I will be spending a few days in the mountains next week, both as a farewell to the long winter we have had in Denver and also for my birthday which lands on May 3rd. I will be following in a long tradition of venturing out into [...]

All About April

By | April 6th, 2023|Categories: Easter, Holidays|Tags: , |

Robin Williams said that “spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party!'” I’ve always thought that was quite a cute way of looking at it, and even more so this year after having been through such a long winter here in Denver. And even though it snowed all day long yesterday, it is meant to [...]

Vintage St. Paddy's Day cards to make you feel the luck of the Irish

By | March 16th, 2023|Categories: Holidays, St. Patrick's Day|Tags: |

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, dear customers! There is something in the air about this holiday this year and we have been enjoying celebrating all month long on our social media channels. (If you aren’t following us yet go and find us on Facebook and Instagram!) We know that many of you enjoy getting in the [...]