Happy Holidays, dear customers! It has been a great year at Recollections and we are so thankful for all of you and your support. It has also been a great year for the blog and we are hard at work planning another great year of content. In the meantime, I thought it may be fun to start the big holiday week off with a bunch of fun reading. We sure do love this time of year and have done lovely posts on everything from Victorian holiday parlor games to Mrs. Claus to The 12 Days of Christmas and much more. As the next two weeks will be so leisurely for many of you and because these posts deserve to be treasured I have put them all together in one place. 

What would you like to see featured on the blog next year? Put your ideas in the comments! 

(Cover image: Young Woman by a Christmas Tree – by Max Rimböck)

Holiday traditions 

Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol

It’s a Wonderful Life: fun facts and setting the record straight

It's a wonderful life poster

Over the River and Through the Wood with Lydia Maria Child

History of New Year Celebrations in New York City

5 fun Facts About A Christmas Carol

The Charming History of Christmas in July

The 12 Days of Christmas: More Than Just a Song


The history of mistletoe: from naughty Georgians to a Victorian courting custom

The history of Advent calendars

Fezziwig Balls

History of Christmas Trees

Holiday foods

The Surprising History of Hot Chocolate

Please Party Guests This Season With Mulled Wine

1950s recipes for the holidays that aren’t as loved today

The Truth about Sugar Plums

Victorian cocktails: the golden age of mixology

Five fun facts about pumpkin pie


We love Mrs. Claus! 


The Anatomy of the Perfect Mrs Claus Costume

Nancy Jean Gray: Mrs. Claus extraordinaire

Being Mrs. Claus: an interview with Cynthia Perkins

Round up: We Love Mrs. Claus!

Who is Mrs. Claus? Inquiring Minds Want to Know

4 Empowering Depictions of Mrs Claus

Star of the Show: An Interview With Mrs Claus

Santa Baby


L. Frank Baum’s Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Thomas Nast and Santa Claus

Oh, those Victorians…

A Victorian Christmas Party

Christmas on the Frontier

The romance of the ice: Victorian ice skating

Victorian and Edwardian New Year’s resolutions advice

Staying warm in the Victorian winter

Snapdragon: Extreme Victorian Parlour Game

The Victorian Study of Snowflakes

Dressing for the occasion 


Cardigans through time

100 Years of Winter Coats

A short history of the hand muff, one of history’s cutest accessories

The magic of the cape