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Title : Icicles

Description : This set, taken from the Spence Family collection at Tyne & Wear Archives offers an intimate view in to a Family enjoying the festive season during this time of change and the invention of Christmas. Reference: DX 1295-1-1-58 At the beginning of the 19th Century, Christmas was hardly celebrated. However, during the Victorian Era Christmas as we know it today was invented, and our modest medieval traditions of evergreens and food were transformed. Much if this change was due to Queen Victoria and her marriage to the German-born Prince Albert. Albert introduced many aspects of Christmas as we know it, most notably the first Christmas tree in the royal family’s home. This was a tradition Albert brought to his family from his own childhood in Germany, but also to every other family in Britain. As a result the Victorians also transformed the idea of Christmas so that it became centred around the family, and our modern day traditions are deeply rooted in those of Victorian Society. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email

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Subject : festive

Subject : victorian

Subject : snow

Subject : family

Subject : tradition

Subject : cold

Subject : leisure

Subject : joy

Subject : socialhistory

Subject : sepiaphotograph

Subject : avictorianchristmas

Subject : 19thcentury

Subject : icicles

Subject : spencerfamilycollection

Subject : tyneweararchives

Subject : festivity

Subject : winter

Subject : ice

Subject : water

Subject : season

Subject : holiday

Subject : change

Subject : invention

Subject : christmas

Subject : celebration

Subject : victorianera

Subject : medievaltraditions

Subject : evergreens

Subject : food

Subject : queenvictoria

Subject : germanborn

Subject : princealbert

Subject : introduction

Subject : christmastree

Subject : royalty

Subject : traditional

Subject : childhood

Subject : germany

Subject : britishfamilies

Subject : modernday

Subject : rooted

Subject : victoriansociety

Subject : digitalimage

Subject : wall

Subject : brick

Subject : grain

Subject : sky

Subject : pipe

Subject : window

Subject : frame

Subject : glass

Subject : reflection

Subject : tree

Subject : branch

Subject : blur

Subject : roof

Subject : gutter

Subject : moss

Subject : timber

Subject : mark

Subject : intimateview

Subject : changes

Subject : transformation

Subject : bliss

Subject : root

Subject : bark

Subject : seasons

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