Deck the Halls- Yuletide Customs and Traditions, Free talk by David Bostwick
Christmas, as a time of celebration, has a very long pedigree. The great mid-winter festival, known to the Romans as Saturnalia, is still greeted with feasting and drinking throughout the twelve days of Christmas. Wassail bowls and bobs, boars’ heads stuck with apples, carolling, mumming, riotous games in hall – all presided over by the Lord of Misrule. Twelfth Night signalled an end to the merry anarchy with great pies and rich fruit cakes concealing a bean and a pea. Using contemporary illustrations, this lecture explores the sources and significance of the ancient customs and traditions. Plenty of humour and seasonal refreshments.
This is a free talk but please arrive early to be sure of a place.