The Victorians were responsible for building upon the original Christmas Traditions and forming our 'modern' idea of Christmas. From the 1840's Christmas Cards, stories (Charles Dickens among others) and the realisation of business about the potential of opportunities to increase sales all combined to create Christmas as we know it now.
The increase of Christmas Cards, due to cheaper production and postage costs, and the production of cheaper books were to encourage the Middle Class to adopt this 'new' version of Christmas.
Gradually the Victorian idea of Christmas spread to all levels in Society.
What the Victorians read at Christmas.
What the Victorians read at Christmas at the V&A Website is a good place to start to see how your Victorian Ancestors and family celebrated Christmas.
A Victorian Christmas.
Time-Travel Britain. com also has information with pictures and links to further information at A Victorian Christmas
Victorian Christmas not only gives you a good idea of what would have been served (for those who could afford it) but also some recipes for such dishes as Plum Pudding, Roast Goose and Mincemeat.
History of Christmas.
The BBC web page at History of Christmas also has interesting information and links to other sites.
I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.