Every year, Dundurn Castle--Hamilton's Downton Abbey--is decorated in Victorian style for Christmas. Built in the 1830s, the 40-room mansion is now a designated National Historic Site of Canada.
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In 2013, I enjoyed the Victorian Christmas display at the historic castle.
The display of transferwares in the kitchen.
I need one of these tray tables in my bedroom!
I also coveted the secretary desk in the sitting room.
A sprig of mistletoe hanging by the front stairway.
The dining room was beautifully decorated in cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers.
The Drawing Room featured a Victorian table-top tree.
The costumed interpreter explained that the ornaments on the table were part of the gift exchange on Christmas morning. Interestingly, the Christmas gifts were not wrapped...perhaps the parents waited until after the children went to bed to bring down the presents?
One of the children was the lucky recipient of this miniature tea set.
If you'd like to see Dundurn Castle when it's not decked out for the holidays, you can take a virtual tour here.
Another Christmas tradition on my bucket list is to attend Canada's oldest tree lighting ceremony in downtown Dundas. Unfortunately, I missed this year's ceremony again. D'oh!
November was a busy month at work, but we made time for a tea social where we enjoyed some sugar cookie sleigh ride herbal tea.
Since the popular tea Advent calendar by David's Tea is too pricey for this frugal gal, I decided to create my own! I'm not particularly crafty so I was thrilled when I found this HUGE stocking Advent calendar with generous pockets at HomeSense last year.
I will be enjoying 24 days of tea while I countdown the days to Christmas!