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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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Countdown to Christmas 17: Saturnalia

Saturnalia was a Roman festival timed for the dead of winter.  It was held to mark what they thought was the death and then rebirth of the sun.  This seven day festival of lights and roaring fires began on December … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas 16: Is that a stocking I see?

Many of us will have hung stockings as children for Father Christmas to fill but they were probably far larger than the socks which originally were used.  It’s strange to think that 170 years ago no child would have put … Continue reading

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