Christmas   in the Works of
Stanley Weintraub

Victoria: An Intimate Biography
New York: Truman Talley Books / E.P.Dutton, 1992

p. 150

…The Court returned to Windsor for Christmas, which was celebrated in the German fashion. Gifts were placed on tables under small Christmas Trees with each table and tree, decorated with candles, sweetmeats, and cakes hung by ribbons and paper chains, intended for a different recipient…

Albert imported small trees from Coburg, and turned the Royal Family´s Christmases into semipublic events. The fashion caught on, popularized by the new illustrated papers...

p. 307

On the dreariest Christmas Eve of her life (following the death of Prince Albert), Victoria wrote again to her uncle from Osborne. She has been considering her future conduct as Queen.

I am...anxious to repeat one thing, and that one is my firm resolve. My irrevocable decision...that his wishes - his plans - about everything, his views about every thing are to be my law! And no human power will make me swerve from what he decided and wished....I am also determined that no one person, may he be ever so good, ever so devoted among my servants - is to lead or guide or dictate to me. I know he would disapprove of it. And I live on with him, for him; in fact I am only outwardly separated from him, and only for a time.

p. 346

A Fenian attempt on December 13 to extricate Irishmen from Clerkenwell Prison resulted in …innocent casualties....With Osborne House on an island....Grey urged the Queen to leave for the safety of Windsor Castle, but she preferred Osborne for Christmas, and the Government had to settle for extra police, and ships to patrol the coast…

Index of Weintraub Christmas Exhibit Pages

  1. Dear Young Friend: The Letters of American Presidents to Children
  2. Albert: Uncrowned King
  3. Victoria: An Intimate Biography
  4. Shaw's People: Victoria to Churchill
  5. Disraeli: A Biography
  6. Bernard Shaw: The Diaries  1885-1897, Volume I
  7. Bernard Shaw: The Diaries  1885-1897, Volume II
  8. Shaw: An Autobiography  1856-1898
  9. The Playwright and the Pirate: Bernard Shaw and Frank Harris: A Correspondence
  10. Bernard Shaw  1914-1918: Journey to Heartbreak
  11. Private Shaw and Public Shaw: a dual portrait of Lawrence of Arabia and G.B.S.
  12. Lawrence of Arabia: the literary impulse
  13. Silent Night: The Christmas Truce of 1914
  14. The Last Great Cause: The Intellectuals and the Spanish Civil War
  15. Reggie: A Portrait of Reginald Turner
  16. Whistler: A Biography
  17. Beardsley: A Biography
  18. Aubrey Beardsley: Imp of the Perverse
  19. Four Rossettis: A Victorian Biography
  20. Exhibit: Story of Stanley Tree
  21. Exhibit: Stanley Tree Photograph 1
  22. Exhibit: Stanley Tree Photograph 2

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