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Victorian Holidays

8th graders celebrate Victorian Holidays


After completing a study on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, 8th grade students participated in a Victorian Holiday Party. The party had a Victorian theme including Victorian-style parlor games, foods, and caroling. Prior to the party, students researched the Victorian Era, including Workhouses, foods, and London’s culture in the late 1800’s. With the help or Ms. Howie, 8th grade art students made decorations similar to those from the late 19th century. Parents sent in foods and drinks that were typical of a Victorian Era holiday party; which included meats, cheeses, shortbread cookies, veggies, fruitcake, and juices. In the 19th century, there were no soft drinks and potato chips!! Several students really got into the Holiday spirit and dressed in Victorian party clothes!   Students also played several parlor games including “Pass the Slipper,” “Similes,” and “The Name Game.” Students even had a fun-filled game of “Blindman’s Buff” outside.   At the end of the party, students reflected on their experiences. Most students agreed that playing “Blindman’s Buff” was their favorite game and fruitcake was definitely their least favorite food! Students were also entertained by a group of carolers who sang Christmas Carols to students as they transitioned classes. The Victorian Holiday Party was a great way to start off the Winter Break!! The 8th grade teachers would like to express our sincere thanks to all the parents who willingly sent in foods and volunteered to come in and help. Without the support of our parents, this celebration would not have been such of a success! Thank you!

Written by: Lesa Goodman, Communications Skills Teacher
Posted: Jan 05, 2012 by Lisa Chapman

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