This article contains the transcription of a brief recounting of one five-year-old boy’s letter to Santa Claus, published in Chicago Daily Tribune on December 26, 1883. The vintage newspaper report sheds light upon the attitudes and perceptions of our late Victorian-era ancestors, a young and well-to-do boy’s Christmas wish-list, and how his parents must have attempted to impress upon him an awareness of the good he might do for others. I find it interesting that residents of the Old Ladies’ Home are referred to as “inmates”.
During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Letters to Santa Claus were a common appearance in newspapers. Whether the practice alerted parents, shared heartwarming tales of postal employees gathering nickles from among their department to stand in as a “Secret Santa” (modern lingo), or perhaps brought about by a store’s advertisements in the newspaper, Letters to Santa Claus provide a unique glimpse into the past. Want to know what toys children found appealing in the 1870’s? Or what dolls were fashioned of? Take a peek inside!
The Victorian Era was a time of Romanticism: flowery language, love letters as a part of courtship; and Valentine’s Day! Expectations and societal norms during the latter 19th century was filled with some traditions we recognize today, and some we might not.
Giving eBooks as holiday gifts is easy, inexpensive, and for readers–a favorite surprise to open at Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s day… or just because! This article provides step-by-step easy-to-follow instructions about how to purchase a kindle edition–including plenty of images to walk you through the quick process. You’ll love how EASY this is!
Whether shopping for adults or children, have you considered the gift of an unlimited reading subscription? This article compares and contrasts options available on the market today, costs, advantages and disadvantages, as well as provides easy instructions and screen-shots to make your shopping a snap.