Victorian Christmas with Charles Dickens (dramatisation)
Victorian Christmas traditions are introduced in an amusing chat show with our host Charles Dickens, author of, 'A Christmas Carol'. We learn rich children could expect expensive presents at Christmas, while poor children might receive a simple gift of fruit or wood. Celebrity chef Mrs Beeton describes the food eaten in a well-off Victorian family on Christmas Day. She shows us how complicated Christmas meals are prepared below stairs by her hardworking servants. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert tell us about Christmas in the royal household, where many Christmas traditions were started. The tradition of Christmas trees was brought to Britain by Prince Albert, and Christmas carols and turkey dinners were also enjoyed by the Victorian royal family. The people of Britain followed their example, which is why the traditions exist today.