Category Archives: Christmas Special

Twelve Days of Christmas: The Origins

By Professor Helen Parish Once again we have a chance to embrace that particularly delightful seasonal treat, untangling the Christmas fairy lights. If the season of goodwill has barely started before the recriminations and apportioning of blame begin, consider the … Continue reading

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Midnight Mass, the Stone Roses, and ‘cuddling boys’: Recollections of Christmastime and New Year’s Eve in teenage girls’ diaries, 1970-1998

by Amy Gower, PhD student. Christmas evokes a sense of nostalgia in many of us, as a holiday wrapped up in tradition, family, and the home. Through my research into the diaries of teenage girls from the 1970s, 80s and … Continue reading

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Medieval Christmas Celebrations

by Dr Ruth Salter Feasting at King Arthur’s court, British Library MS Royal 20 D. iv. f.1r. It was Christmas at Camelot, and there was the king with his leading lords and all his best soldiers, the famous company of … Continue reading

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Inventing the English Christmas

by Dr Anne Lawrence-Mathers Did the Anglo-Saxons have a midwinter festival before the coming of Christianity and Christmas? Most of what is documented comes from the work of the Venerable Bede (c672-735). His references to pagan practices suggest distaste for … Continue reading

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Christmas under Cromwell

by Dr Rachel Foxley In modern Britain – in spite of what some of the papers sometimes say – you would have to look quite hard to find anyone who made no concessions at all to Christmas. Many people without … Continue reading

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