But some traditions are much, much older, and since we are, indeed, History Girls, my question is this:
What's the most ancient Christmas tradition that is part of your celebrations?
Answers in the comments below!
The first Christmas card was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in London
in 1843 and illustrated by John Callcott.
Joan Lennon's website.
Joan Lennon's blog
The celebrating of the Winter Solstice/Yule itself, I suppose which goes back a long, long way in these islands. The ancient tomb of Maeshowe in Orkney (as Joan will know very well) was constructed to let a beam of light shine down its passageway on the winter solstice -- you can see a live webcam here: http://www.maeshowe.co.uk/
This suggests that the people who built Maeshowe celebrated the solstice in some way. Maeshowe is 5000 years old.
My children are now adults and my parents passed on but we have some traditions still in place, and yes love the Maeshowe show on the internet, and occasionally go to Orkney for the show as its just off the coast here. For us winter is dawn about 10ish and dusk by 3pm! only 4 or so hours of light makes the whole winter a different world to celebrate!
Thanks for the festive post.
Our family has a tradition of writing unrhymed "riddle" labels for presents,which adds to the mystery of the gift-giving, at least for the grown-ups.
We end up, slightly hazy and exhausted after the dinner,thinking "What on earth was on my list that fits this description?" as the giver-outer/"Christmas Fairy" reads out the description.
Thanks for comments - Maeshowe and winter solstice are so evocative of time passing and its depth, aren't they. And I love that your family also does riddling at Christmas, Penny!
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