Christmas trees, Christmas cards, gingerbread decorations, the Christmas turkey, toys in the stockings… Did you know that these beloved Holiday traditions began with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the early 19th century? The Prince brought his German traditions to Windsor Castle, and the Queen (whose mother was also German) popularized the tradition. If you have strolled through the Grand Floridian during the Holiday season, you are witnessing a recreation of a Victorian Christmas.
If you’ve read Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, you know that the highlight of these romantic traditions was the family feast. Victoria & Albert’s recaptures these Victorian customs, and Queen Victoria’s Room is an absolute flashback to the royal banquet. If you’d like to read more about a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas experience, please visit WDW Fan Zone for my recent article, “Christmas Dinner Fit for a Queen”. (Be sure to have your Disney Bucket Lists handy…)