Archives For December 2011

Happy New Year!

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Even if your New Year’s party didn’t make Tribune gossip column status like the Nickersons’, here’s to celebrating in Gilded Age style.

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Satinwood. Visitors to the Museum see it featured most prominently in the Drawing Room, where the Gilded Age ladies would retreat together for music and gossip and the woodwork gleams positively golden.

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Dinner during the latter half of the 19th century was executed with all-out Victorian extravagance.

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Hard to believe, but the tradition of giving gifts on Christmas Day came along late. In its early years, the holiday included few, if any, gifts, and families who celebrated it were more focused on activities like dancing, singing, playing games, and eating together.

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Anyone who has been by Daley Plaza this month, where the Christkindlmarket showcases German wares and serves up hot, spiced Glühwein, can attest: We owe a lot to Germany for our holiday traditions.

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A new Arthur Hughes painting in the Drawing Room features Sir Galahad, flanked by angels, searching for the Holy Grail.

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One design motif persists through America’s Gilded Age mansions like a repeating, steady note under one melody: Italian Renaissance.

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