Saturday, January 15, 2011
The Reference Shelf: Mrs. Sharp's Traditions
Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations of Comfort & Joy
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
There were four main areas in which celebrations, traditions, and ritual played a part in Victorian life. First, in the art of daily domestic living; second, through rites of passage such as birthdays, baptisms, weddings, and funerals; third, by annual customs revolving around calendar and religious holidays; and fourth, by pastimes associated with the four seasons.
But like any fine needlepoint tapestry, the vibrant colors and threads of each category blend together to create the complete fabric of our lives, so that once we have mastered the joy of celebrating, it is difficult to see where one category ends and another picks up the stitch.