Christmas at the Argory

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We recently had the pleasure of exploring one of the local manor houses, the Argory, all decked out in Christmas splendor. A manor house seems a most fitting place to appreciate Christmas decor since it truly mimics Christmas as we think of it in our heads from the classic tree with candle lights to the vintage cards decorating the piano--it seems a scene straight out of a Dickens novel. Victorian Christmas cards mimic those today with frilly and gilt cards sent to loved ones and often collected and preserved in albums. Truly, many of our Christmas traditions today from caroling to decorating with holly and mistletoe to our large family feasts find their origins in the Victorian period--so to wander around an old house were time seems frozen from that era feels most apt. We found ourselves here sandwiched between school groups hearing about the history of Boxing Day and listening to the children singing popular carols. I often think of visiting the local manor houses in spring or summer for a wander through the manicured gardens, but it's worth visiting them in the winter as well to see these festive scenes created in each room.  agory christmas-8 agory christmas-10 agory christmas-30 agory christmas-5-side agory christmas agory christmas-16 agory christmas-24 agory christmas-19 agory christmas-18 agory christmas-25 agory christmas-26-side agory christmas-29 agory christmas-33
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4 comments:

  1. Your Christmas holidays sound lovely so far, Rebecca! And I love the photos. So festive and cosy! ❤️❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  2. Adore your wonderful red dress!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  3. It sounds so nice and idyllic, especially with children singing in the background. I can't help but picture a scene in my head :) Also, I didn't know that most of Christmas traditions have roots in Victorian age -how interesting!

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  4. This is so beautiful and you're so right, it is exactly as in our imagination! And your pictures... I particularly love the last one, you seated on the floor in front of this wonderful tree: we can imagine you being a child! And as my mother used to create dresses like yours as I was young, with black hair, it could be me too!
    Have wonderful Christmas holidays dear Rebecca!

    Leidy, from the French countryside.

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