Episode 35: A Tudor Christmas
Join Hazel as we goback to a Christmas before industrialisation, even before the reformation and Puritan rule, before Christmas trees, Christmas crackers and yes, even Santa Claus.
What we discuss:
A Tudor Christmas
It does seem that each year Christmas in the shops gets earlier and earlier. And especially with COVID, Christmas decorations, even in my house, went up a little earlier than usual.
And while I’m on the subject of Christmas getting earlier; why oh why do marketors not know when the 12 Days of Christmas are? It seems I am being bombarded by emails and social media posts about them as if they are happening right now.
I’m sorry to burst anyone's bubble but we are currently in the period of advent (29 Nov - 24 Dec). The first day of Christmas is Christmas Day! (hence its name). Perhaps many of us nowadays are too far removed from the real meaning of Christmas to notice this faux pas? But these days meant something to the Tudors.
We are going back to a Christmas before industrialisation, even before the reformation and Puritan rule, before Christmas trees, Christmas crackers and yes, even Santa Claus.
A Tudor Christmas time had clearly defined rules for living. It dictated what they could or couldn’t do and what they could and couldn’t eat. A Tudor Christmas wasn’t so alien as we may believe; Tudors ate mince pies and sang Christmas carols. They even kissed beneath the mistletoe.
What was Christmas like for normal Tudors?
- Advent Fast
- Christmas Day
- Christmas Carols
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