Category Archives: Christmas

As 2018 draws to a close…

2018 has been a busy year, with numerous events marking the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. Many people were not able to be with their families during the Christmases of the First World War. … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to revisit Christmas memories.

The November Hands on History session saw the, perhaps early, showing of some of the Museum’s more seasonal collection items. Some of the standouts included a silk postcard sent home from ‘somewhere in France’ circa 1914 as well as a splendid example … Continue reading

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Fine old Christmas!

“Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and colour with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow.” … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas 24: No more Christmas?

Most of us will be celebrating Christmas with games, fun and lots of nice food to eat, but things might have turned out very differently. In the seventeenth century, the Puritans tried to put a stop to many of the … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas 22: Why “Boxing Day”?

Boxing Day was not a public holiday until the 1870s when the Bank Holidays Act extended the Christmas break to 26 December. The two day holiday gave people working in Britain’s growing towns and cities time to travel home and … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas 21: Decorating the Tree

From the mid 1850s the Christmas tree became the centre piece of the middle class home during the festive season. The decorated tree was particularly appealing to children who were fast becoming the focus of Christmas. Some families hung presents from the … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas 19 : Strictly Come Television

Since televisions became widespread the Christmas season has often revolved around the t.v. schedule.  The Queen’s broadcast (since 1957) the big film or for teenagers in the past the Christmas Top of the Pops.  Icons such as Morecambe and Wise and … Continue reading

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