Monday, November 24, 2014

Karl Sup: Expert Sasquatch Witness Report #3

Sasquatch Sighting (Thermal) #3


Western Mogollon Rim, Arizona, 2011-10-22 1:25AM

In April 2011, the BFRO scheduled an expedition in New Mexico. Even though I was invited, I sadly could not attend. I did, however, loan my FLIR HS-324 Command thermal to another BFRO member to help assist in planning for nighttime events. Another BFRO member came all the way from Washington State with another HS-324 Command unit. During the expedition, he captured a figure standing a distance from camp on his thermal. A later re-creation proved that the tall and wide heat anomaly, as seen in the thermal recording, did not appear near or around that Ponderosa pine tree. You may have seen this thermal footage featured on the Animal Planet show, Finding Bigfoot.
As a member of the Arizona BFRO, I scouted several new locations along the Mogollon Rim for the October 2011 Arizona Expedition during May and June. Attributes to be considered included habitat, evidence, accessibility for nighttime investigations, roads, and available campsites.

The first of these locations provided excellent habitat, evidence and even unexpected interaction. While researching this cave complex area, I found a large sandstone rock that had been smashed and small fragments had been used to scribble on the surface where the rock had been smashed. Small-grained particles from the rock break still remained on the surface. It had rained at this location during the previous week, so I knew this rock break had been recent as these small particles would have been washed away.



Hiking a short distance from that location, I found a 17" print that had been pressed into the mud and forest litter. All five toes were visible. I took my pack off, got out my tape measure and started taking photographs. 



I always carry two bags of Ultracal 30 in my day pack and planned on casting this footprint after documenting it. While I was bent over taking photographs, I heard a loud THUMP-THUMP about 30 feet to the south of me. I jerked up and quickly turned in that direction to see a large, 6-7" diameter rock bounce once more then roll to a stop. Based on the linear direction of its movement, the rock had been thrown from the upslope to my west. The rock could have easily been thrown at my head as I was bent over, with my head pointed in the direction of the hill with the camera against my face. I took this as a warning, reloaded my pack, and started hiking back out without casting the print.



This area, obviously, was an excellent choice on many levels, however there were limited areas to camp and roads to allow safe nighttime investigation for a large group. The second location showed good habitat, but no evidence was found. Camping locations and road penetration into that area were an issue as well.

The third location was a large, steep canyon complex with a perennial stream. Numerous side canyons stretched to the south. Old logging roads were criss-crossing the entire area. The potential for this area was off the charts. During my investigation, I found no immediate evidence. I did recall a story from a companion on a hike decades ago into and down the main canyon. My fellow hiker told a story from the mid-1970's about a 'hermit' that must live in this area. When he was hiking the canyon as a Boy Scout, they found a large, single print dead center in the middle of a sand bar that defied all reason. I had camped and hiked in or near this area 4-5 times in the past. The canyons are rife with wildlife including bear, elk, deer, turkey and free range cattle.


With that knowledge in hand, I set out to find an ideal camping location and soon found one in a minor, dry side canyon complex to the south of the main canyon. Old logging roads gave easy access to park vehicles at the campsite and for hiking activities on nighttime investigations.

On the extended weekend of October 20th-23rd, 2011 the expedition attendees began to arrive. The lead Arizona BFRO investigators had arrived on the 19th to secure the campsite, plan the research for the first night, and do some investigative work. 



On that Wednesday, they discovered an old growth oak tree with a branch twist about 12’ off the ground. It also had its acorns stripped from more than 20' feet up in the tree. Every single branch and twig had been twisted off and dropped to the forest floor below. All branches and twigs had been taken from a position 12' above a main, thick branch that jutted out nearly 90 degrees from the trunk. This branch was 10' off the ground. Not one of the twigs found on the ground displayed signs of gnawing or chew marks. All of the acorns had been cracked and eaten. Based on the location of the twists, we determined that something had stood on the large branch and reached 12' directly above it. One Tucson attendees' son was 6'7". He climbed up the tree and stood on that branch. He could not reach the location of the twists above. There were no other weight-bearing branches that gain his access or could support him higher up.





The first evening, the teams did a small, localized investigation in the nearby side canyons without any interaction. Distant calls were heard, but it was unclear whether or not it was simply coyotes. It was a disappointment. For Friday night we moved the research area further west to straddle one of the main feeder canyons. We split up into three teams, and I led a team of 4 on the high point across the canyon from the other teams. We were the only team on the north side of that canyon. Our only access out of this location was a narrow, primitive road. After the initial set of whoops, a return whoop was heard from the northwest. Subsequent calls were returned from that same direction. Each response was closer. A half hour went by without a response when we heard very loud brush crashing from the canyon floor coming up. Within our field of vision, there were no visible heat signatures besides the apparently-caffeinated field mice that had been darting about all night.


All fell silent, not even small twig snaps were heard. We did some additional calls at the request of the other teams, but otherwise the night remained quiet. It was about 12:30am and 42 degrees when we decided to pack up the team and head back to base camp. We walked east 1000' back to the SUV and loaded all of our equipment. The thermal was nearly dead, but I decided we could plug it in and view the woods as I drove 3-5mph back out of this area. The intent was to record as we drove, but the member operating the thermal from the back seat had not set it to record. She was familiar with thermal operation and viewing, as she had done two tours in Iraq. As we drove out and neared the location above our research area, she yelled, "STOP! BACK UP!" I backed up and she proclaimed, "It's gone." Elapsed time was about 30 seconds. 


She described what she had seen; a person standing in the woods, 30 feet south of the road between two trees. She said there was a small gap between both trees and the sides of the broad shoulders. There was no neck visible between the head and torso. During research the following day, we measured the distance between the trees at 81 inches. Recreation estimated the shoulder to shoulder width at 68 inches and a height of 8 feet tall.

The team was extremely excited. We loaded back into the SUV and continued out on the narrow road. Five minutes later as we started the uphill grade our headlights fell on a LARGE, loose pile of stool that was still warm (82 degrees) directly in the center of the road. The pile was so obvious in view, as if meant to be found. It was comprised of acorns and berries. A sample was collected and stored (later frozen). The remainder of the drive back out was uneventful, with only a few thermal hits of deer and elk.

We returned to base camp a full 30 minutes after the remainder of the team. As we pulled in and parked, one member was knocking on the tree nearest the campfire. The teams were huddled around the large fire keeping warm. We told them about the sighting she had with the thermal and the responses we had gotten the entire evening. The father and son team had gone to sleep in their SUV prior to our arrival. I asked why the one member was knocking on the tree in camp. He stated that he felt that the knocking would draw them in. Having experienced that in the past, I personally felt that the close encounters that ensued from that technique were much more antagonistic. Typically there would be a display of rock and stick throwing.

I decided to retrieve the thermal from the SUV, just in case, and the BFRO Lead Investigator went to retrieve their thermal as well. The two of us stood up from the campfire and walked in opposite directions to where our vehicles were parked. I remember standing up and taking several steps from the campfire, and I vaguely remember walking several steps. The next thing I remember, I am staring at bushes in front of me where I assumed the SUV would be. I had a gap of missing time while I had walked in the wrong direction. Comparing notes later with the BFRO lead, she experienced the exact same phenomenon as I had. She 'woke up' staring at bushes a distance from their van and was confused how she had walked in the wrong direction. Another attendee had a similar experience at the exact time, while simply sitting and staring at the fire. He suddenly 'woke up' and had an immediate reaction of feeling disorientation. He was confused where he was, and what he was doing. All three of us were at least 60-70 feet apart when this occurred.

I looked to my left and I could see the taillights of my SUV reflecting dimly from the fire light. I dug in the back, retrieved the thermal and started walking back toward the fire. A deafening KNOCK rang out. It was so loud, I thought someone had (once again) knocked on the tree in the center of camp; however everyone was sitting around the campfire, startled and looking around. I watched as someone jumped up from the campfire and ran toward where the knock had originated. As he approached the SUV's parked there, a 3' long stick about an inch diameter was illuminated by the fire as it came flying in from the woods and smacked against the side of the Tucson Lincoln SUV, about 6 feet in front of the guy. He stopped dead in his tracks, turned around, and ran back to the fire.


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(video courtesy of Karl Sup)

I immediately powered up the thermal. The SUV's lit up in the cold night, but I could not see any heat anomalies in the woods. I was south of the campfire and made my way west, hoping to get a better view into the woods from the side. The lead investigators joined me, but nothing stood out in contrast. As I scanned the area near the tents, a heat signature appeared to 'peek out' along the edge of one of the trees. In addition, there appeared to be two heat signatures behind bushes and tree branches that moved. I rocked back and forth to determine if I was seeing the heat signatures of tree trunks there, or something else. When standing still, one did not move while the other heat signature subtly changed. After recording from the same position for a while, I started to move in closer. The BFRO lead moved in as well. The heat signatures were gone. We spent quite a bit of time discussing what had just happened, then packed it in for the night.


The next morning, we awoke to the sounds of distant 'Whoops!' Slowly, the calls became louder until a large herd of cattle appeared in camp and on the road near camp. Cowboys were driving the heard west before snow arrived to the area. It was a step back in time to watch these cowboys and working dogs wrangling the steers, cows and calves. Some of the cows actually stepped and bent my tent stakes they were so close!

A day investigation trip was planned to head down to the floor of the canyon below where my team had been positioned, heard and later witnessed something in the woods. Two other investigators stayed at camp with me and recreated the events from the night before; using a live thermal view from the same position, digital cameras and a laptop with the thermal video as reference. Of the two heat signatures behind vegetation, one was confirmed as the trunk of a small tree but the other one could not be recreated. We determined the height of the ‘tree peeker’ by having stand-in doubles. He was 6'3" tall, but was considerably shorter than the image. We had him raise his hand until it reached a matching height. The measured height to the top of his hand was 7'7". In looking near that tree, we did find where a branch had been impressed into the forest floor was missing and freshly disturbed. Its dimensions matched the stick that hit the Lincoln. One of the investigators had IR security cameras running at all four corners of his Suburban during this entire event. At the same time we had started to advance on the area with our thermals the prior night, two sets of eye glow were recorded on video moving away from us in a south to north heading. One set was taller than the other. The taller one turned and looked directly at the infrared light first, followed by the shorter subject. The eyes were large and round, and reflected the IR light adeptly (see my Sasquatch Eye Theory).





In triangulating the position of his cameras, to the thermal hits, we determined exactly where the subjects stood and observed the group. No footprints were found in the area, but nearby remote audio recorders did record the knock. It was a great investigation, as we debunked and confirmed through multiple means, the encounter.







(Video courtesy of Steve Vallie)

Several hours later the rest of the group returned to camp. They had their own daytime sighting. As they scoured the canyon for clues, the Tucson man noticed something motionless and reddish-brown on the ridge above the group. The sunlight shined off it, and it gleamed. He pointed out the object to his son, who ran up the hillside. He barely got three strides into his run before the subject jumped up and rocketed off to the west along the ridge. The father said it had great vertical height and width. The son did reach the location where it had been, but there was no evidence of the sentinel. The following evening was completely silent without any interaction whatsoever. The group retired to the campfire and broke out a guitar, voice and viola in hopes to attract another visitor. If they did hear us and visit, they were quiet. The following day we broke down camp and bid farewell to this amazing area. I hope to investigate again there soon. I had a good feeling about these canyons!




Karl Sup is a software architect, developer and analyst, and an avid Bigfoot researcher working in the mountains of Arizona for many years. During this research and in other states including Maryland and Wisconsin, he has been fortunate enough to interact with and view multiple subjects over the years. Karl also has had decades of audio analysis and editing experience, and assisted in helping M.K. Davis clean up and enhance audio from VHS tapes he has been studying and discovered the presence of infrasound within those recordings.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Key Features Of Ancient Giant Culture Revealed!




There are key characteristics consistently found that show a jump in local Native technology or the Natives themselves report were not part of their culture (such as mining in Wisconsin and ear spools on Easter Island). Latter generations of Natives might have adopted practices from the giants, like forming their babies heads to be pointed, ear spools, and of metals. But, what can we attribute to being significant to giants' culture? 

I am going to list some of the characteristics that show evidence of ancient giant culture or whom I like to call "Homo clivus frons" or the "Originators." 


Ear Spools
Canals and Wells
Seashells
Astronomy 
Mining
Skull Shapes
Technology
Caves With Cannabalized Bones
Megalithic Structures/Symbols



Ear Spools



On finds in Coastal Texas where the Karankawa Indians lived, ear spools have been found. The use of ear spools is significant because these Indians had skulls reported by archaeologists as being "otamid" type (archaic is how they once referred to it, like Neanderthal, but now that Neanderthal has been found to have evolved outside of Homo sapiens and has his own evolutionary characteristics, the term "archaic" is no longer accurate, as that is only in reference to - if they were a Homo sapiens). It's possible they either were influenced by or even interbred with the giants. 


Ear spools were also reported by the residents of Easter Island who called the people they warred with on the island, "the long-earreds." 

"No ear plugs have been found in levels earlier than those of the Sedentary period, but they are shown on Pioneer figurines and it seems reasonable to suppose that they may been worn at that time." (page 124, Prehistoric Indians of the Southwest by HM Wormington)


Interestingly, these Southwestern Natives were making art showing ear spools on the figures, but they themselves did not have any at their living sites. It would be more accurate to assume that they were making art capturing the "others" they coexisted with. I will take a wild stab in the dark, any of the art would have a nose attached at the brow instead of between the eyes level (giant characteristic).  



Canals and Wells



These water-loving people knew how to build wells and canals. In fact, there is a fantastic report from Native people of Peru who reported about the landing upon their lands long ago of horrible giants who built wells and lined them with some interesting substance to make them stronger. In fact, these wells had been found with the interesting lining in them! Once again, an example of Native people accurately accounting for their history.


From Peru Natives

"As there is in Peru a story of some giants who landed on the coast at the point of Santa Elena, in the vicinity of the city of Puerto Viejo, I have resolved to mention what I was told about them, as I understood it, without taking into account the opinions of the common people and their various anecdotes, for they usually magnify events larger than life. The natives, repeating a story received from their forefathers from very remote times, say that there came from across the sea on reed rafts that were as large as big ships some men that were so big that an ordinary man of good size scarcely reached up to their knees: their members were in proportion to the size of their bodies, and it a monstrous thing to see their enormous heads and their hair hanging down about their shoulders. Their eyes were as large as small plates. They say they had no beards and that some of them were clad in the skins of animals, and others only in the dress nature gave them. There were no women with them. On reaching this point, they set up their camp like a village (and even in these times there is a memory of the site of their houses). As they found no supply of water they remedied the lack by making some very deep wells, a labor certainly worthy of record, being undertaken by such strong men as these must have been, to judge by their size. They dug these wells in the living rock until they came to the water, and afterwards they built the wells in stone from the water line upwards so that they would last for ages. In these wells the water is excellent and it is always so cold that it is very pleasant to drink.

When these great men or giants had thus made their settlement and dug these wells or cisterns, they destroyed and ate all the supplies they could find in the neighborhood. It is said that one of them ate more than fifty of the natives of the land; and as the supply of food was not sufficient for them to maintain themselves, they caught much fish with nets and gear that they had. They lived in continuous hostility with the natives, because they slew the latter's women in order to have them, and they also slew the men for other reasons. But the Indians were not numerous enough to kill these newcomers who occupied their land and lorded it over them; and although they held great discussions about this, they never dared attack them.

After some years the giants were still in this region, and as they had no women of their own and the Indian women of the neighborhood were too small for them, or else because the vice was habitual to them and inspired by the demon, they practised the unspeakable and horrible sin of sodomy, committing it openly and in public without fear of God or personal shame. The natives say that our Lord God, unwilling to conceal so wicked a sin, sent them a punishment suited to the beastliness of the crime, and when all the giants were together engaged in this accursed practice there came a fearful fire from heaven to the accompaniment of a great noise, in the midst of which a shining angel appeared holding a sharp, bright sword with which he slew them all at a single stroke, and the fire consumed them leaving only a few bones and skulls, which God allowed to remain unconsumed as a token of the punishment. This is the account they give of the giants, and we believe that it happened, for it is said that very large bones have been found and still are found thereabouts and I have heard Spaniards say they have seen pieces of teeth which they thought must have weighed half a pound when whole, and who had also seen a piece of a shin-bone of wonderful size, all of which bears witness to the truth of the incident. In addition to this one can see the places where the sites of their villages were, and also the wells or cisterns they made. I cannot state whence or how these giants came there.

In the present year of 1550 when in the city of Lima, I heard that when his excellency Don Antonio de Mendoza was viceroy and governor of New Spain, certain bones of men as big as these giants, and even bigger, were found there. I have heard too that in an ancient sepulcher in the city of Mexico or somewhere else in that kingdom certain bones of giants have been found. Since so many people saw them and attest having done so, it can therefore be credited that such giants did exist and indeed they may all have been of the same race.

At this point of Santa Elena, which is as I have said on the coast of Peru and in the district of the city of Puerto Viejo, there is a remarkable phenomenon: the existence of certain wells or seams of pitch of such excellent quality that it would be possible to tar all the ships one wished with it, since it flows from the earth. This pitch must be from some seam passing through that place: it comes out very hot,etc.

Thus far Pedro de Cieza, whose history we have followed to show the Indian tradition about the giants, and the well of pitch at the same place, for it too is remarkable."
(From the Royal Commentaries of the Incas, volume I, chapter XI)

Arkaim:




In the Southern Ural Mountains in Russia in the 1980s, scientists discovered what became dubbed as the Russian Stonehenge, Arkaim. It dates to 17th Century BC to 20th Century BC and was used and then abandoned 200 years later.

"The Russian team’s explorations showed that Arkaim enjoyed an advanced technology for its time. It was equipped with a drainage gutter and storm sewage system and had actually been protected from fire: the timbered flooring of the houses and the houses themselves were imbued with a fireproof substance (look at the Peruvian Well story above) – a strong compound the remnants of which can still be found in the ruins. Each house gave onto an inner ring road paved with wooden blocks; and in each house there was a hearth, a well, cellars, an oven and provision for a cooled food storage system. The oven was such that it may have been possible to smelt bronze in it, as well as to fire pottery." (New Dawn Magazine) 


Arizona water canals -




(HoHoKam ancient canals) "The whole projection is really amazing when one considers the tremendous amount of work which went into the construction and maintenance of the canals. The latter must have required almost as much effort as the original excavating, for silk, was constantly being deposited. Canals were up to thirty feet wide and ten feet deep and in the Salt River Valley, they have been found to have an aggregate length of 150 miles. It staggers the imagination when one stops to think that this tremendous engineering feat was carried out with only the crudest of stone and wooden tools." (page 125, Prehisotric Indians of the Southwest by HM Wormington).




Seashells





Mound builder sites showed adornment with shells and even the use of conch shells from the Gulf (in the Ohio Valley area) showing either trading or the use of the Mississippi to come up and down to gather things they found precious. Interestingly, 



Astronomy




Casa Grande Ruins, AZ:  It is believed that the Casa Grande functioned partly as an astronomical observatory since the four walls face the points of the compass, and some of the windows are aligned to the positions of the sun and moon at specific times.


These ruins were discovered hundreds of years ago and by then, it had been abandoned for many many hundreds of years. All one could do was suppose that this building with certain alignment was done by a Native people who were just starting to hit their stride on how to farm the land. The people of the time had no reason to think anyone else but Natives had done it. Astronomical sites have been found around the globe from ancient cultures that are out of place/out of time for the local Native citizens that archaeologists recognize for that region.



Mining



Copper mining with enormous tools by people who were not local are reported everywhere from Wales (Great Orme - above) to Wisconsin. In fact, the hammers found in the Welsh mines were of enormous weight and size, much much too great for any regular man to wield. The areas of copper mining in the US have also produced the bones of giants nearby. In fact, copper was found extensively in their burial mounds.


Skull Shapes



The skull shape is the definitive way to tell the giant culture. These people had skulls that possessed an os inca or interparietal bones (created a pointed backside). They also had massive jaws that were very powerful and showed signs of being carnivorous which would make them inherently predatory like any other stalking meat eater, such as lions.  Learn more on my post about the slope-headed ones. 



Technology



They key here is that out of place/out of time (OOPArt) items that are discovered can confound and confuse the scientists. They think they know the time line of man and then they find something that doesn't jive with what they know of the Native people of Earth. 

"The Cochise culture has been customarily divided into three developmental periods. The earliest stage, Sulphur Spring, dates from 6000 or 7000 bc to about 4000 bc and is characterized by milling stones for grinding wild seeds and by various scrapers, but no knives, blades, or projectile points, although the remains of food animals, both extinct and modern, indicate that some hunting was done. During the second stage, Chiricahua, lasting from 4000 to perhaps 500 bc, the appearance of projectile points would seem to indicate an increased interest in hunting, and the remains of a primitive form of maize suggest the beginnings of farming; food-gathering was still important, however." (Britannica)

However - 

A large variety of prehistoric arrowheads, dart points, and spear points have been discovered. Flint, obsidian, quartz and many other rocks and minerals were commonly used to make points in North America. The oldest projectile points found in North America were long thought to date from about 13,000 years ago, during the Paleo-Indian period, however recent evidence suggests that North American projectile points may date to as old as 15,500 years. (Wikipedia)


The Clovis culture is a prehistoric Paleo-Indian culture, named after distinct stone tools found at sites near Clovis, New Mexico, in the 1920s and 1930s. The Clovis culture appears around 11,500–11,000 uncal RCYBP (uncalibrated radiocarbon years before present), at the end of the last glacial period, characterized by the manufacture of "Clovis points" and distinctive bone and ivory tools. Archaeologists' most precise determinations at present suggest that this radiocarbon age is equal to roughly 13,200 to 12,900 calendar years ago. Clovis people are considered to be the ancestors of most of the indigenous cultures of the Americas. (Wikipedia)


"Clovis points were made for three or four centuries, then disappeared. So did the culture that created them. As Clovis people settled into different ecological zones, the culture split into separate groups, each adapting to its own separate environment. The end of Clovis marked the beginning of the enormous social, cultural and linguistic diversity that characterized the next 10,000 years. Of the brief florescence of Clovis, only the tools, notably the points, remained—the last physical traces of America’s first and most extensive cultural imperium." (Smithsonian)

Another interesting key feature - cultures that go missing, such as Sinagua, HoHoKam, Anasazi, Clovis....

These discrepancies about the ancient culture of America show that technology was out of time/out of place from previously thought and they try to fit it onto the primitive newcomers to the Americas who were not even mastering agriculture yet. As you see, they report that the Cochise 6000 to 8000 years ago had no projectile points, but appeared to be hunting and yet the NM Natives supposedly had projectile points over 10,000 years ago. Archaeology has had a hard time fitting in Native cultures around the world with the technology they seemed to show that was ahead of evolutionary curve (it was, that is, for Homo sapiens). Even some tribes report that their people took over abandoned sites of the "ancient" (missing) tribes. 


Caves with cannibalized bones




Near the giant Piasa Bird mural in Illinois, a cave was reported to be filled with bones of the victims of the "giant bird."

The Paiute Tribe has historical accounts of red-haired giants who were cannibalistic and were killing and eating their people, even digging up the newly dead to eat!

The Aborigines told of a giant of the past who ate people and had to be killed.

Easter Island and other caves around the world were found to have bones of cannibalized people, even in the Anasazi Pueblo culture of the Southwest, there were cannibalized bones found.

Researchers might like to take a very straight line to what told to them in school, "surely these people had hard weather, hard times, and ate their own."

Technologies that were out of place for what we knew of Native People at that time included canal systems, advanced weapons, fireproof and waterproof substances, mining, and astronomy. None of these made sense to Homo sapiens just trying to master farming at the time.

Megalithic Structures/Symbols



Everything from megalithic structures too complex for ancient man to writing and drawings that appear "Egyptian" or "Chinese" are all signs that the ancient race influenced the development of stone building and even written language around the world. 

If we find symbols out of continent, it might be we are seeing the ancients' characters, not signs that Chinese or Egyptians were visiting the Americas thousands of years ago, but that their languages took on symbols of giants they encountered. Languages around the world were influenced by these first occupiers. 



The spiral shape used by so many Native people around the entire globe shows an influence that doesn't have to mean they literally were sailing around the world picking up other cultures' languages, but that they were encountering the giants whose language they used as their very first understanding of symbols.

Conclusion


It would appear that much of what we either try to fit into ancient societies that is out of place for their level of experience and knowledge or attribute to ancient alien visitors has a much easier, less convoluted explanation - there were other variations of man upon the earth, before us Homo sapiens. Dividing out what was actually our own knowledge and knowledge we cobbled together from the "gods" upon the earth, is the hardest task, but an examination of lesser impressive megalithic structures and projectiles can probably give us clues as to what Native people around the world were imitating and perhaps even learning under the guidance of these predecessors. 



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Victorian Gothic Christmas


In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered- flushed, but smiling proudly- with the pudding like a speckled cannon-ball so hard and firm blazing in half of a half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top.

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens, 1843



The Victorian Era was less about gift-giving and more about food and hearth. Carolers were in vogue and so was hanging paper cornucopias in the tree with nuts and fruits. By the late 1800s, store windows began to display European dolls around Christmas time and consumers shifted from handmade items to giving toys for the children.

For many of us who adore that Victorian Era or are consumed by the Steampunk style craze, Christmas is the epitome of the era. If you want to bring some Victorian into your Christmas, you will be taking yourself back in time to a warm hearth, candlelight, rich velvet fabrics and satin ribbons, fur muffs and formal wear.

Elements to consider:  Candlelight, lanterns, cherubs/angels, sleighs, furs, velvet, ribbons, gold, foil, fruits/nuts, pine boughs, mistletoe, snow globes, garland.


How about the music?


A Victorian Noel CD:  Hammered dulcimer, harp, piano playing European Christmas tunes of the era. 





How about movies to inspire? 





How about your tree and decorations? 









How about your gift-giving and cards needs? 









How about foods and drinks?





Victorian lace tea and spa gift basket







Sugar Plums




More Resources: 
Victorian Christmas Customs
Design Toscano
Victorian Trading Company
Etsy shops with Victorian Christmas Offerings
Grand In Road Catalog





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