Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Victorians and the making of the traditional Christmas

Christmas,as we all know, boasts some impressive traditions. But when, precisely, did those traditions come into being? J.M. Golby and A.W. Purdue’s The Making of the Modern Christmas(1986) is a lively history of the festive season that traces the origin … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Camps

Displaced People and Christmas Celebrations after the Second World War It was Christmas 1946 and the congregation had filled the old Marktkirche (Market Church) in Goslar. As the bells began to peal, fifty small children waited anxiously in the transept. … Continue reading

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