Thursday, September 26, 2019

Now what?

Thank you for letting me share the stories of my trip to Brazil. Not only did it give me a chronicle of the trip, it was a way to share the photos I took along the way with friends and family who had asked to see them.

Moving on. I came across some interesting articles on the Victorian area, which led to Christmas traditions of that time. Coming out of that rabbit hole, I realized that there was a lot about the history of Christmas as well as entertaining random facts, I knew nothing about. So I delved into learning more.

I only speak for me, but the idea of watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel starting in July is not appealing. So the idea of blogging on the Christmas holiday season starting in late September did not seem right - in so many ways. Most of us know much about the religious history of the celebration of the birth of Christ. However, the secular side is intriguing. I will go as far to say - fascinating. 

As I moved forward to the 1950's, I found traditions, stories, and facts that reminded me of the Christmases of my childhood. The stories I learned along the way went from soup to nuts - literally. Starting with feasts during the Elizabethian era to the traditions of the Stuart, and Georgian periods. Then I moved to the Victorians. Folks of that era were very serious about their holiday celebrations. 

There is history of Christmas in the new world that goes from the Puritans fighting anything they deemed pagan to the industrial revolution that changed Christmas into more of what we celebrate today. On to Santa Claus, 

the Sears Wishbook, Neiman Marcus, those aluminium Christmas trees, and other secular traditions.

Although I found a plethora of interesting facts and stories of the celebration and traditions of the Christmas Holidays, starting with the Tudor Period (1485  to 1603 ),  

I decided to delay writing about that until we are a bit closer to today's traditional holiday season.

Of course while navigating the rabbit hole of the history of Christmas, I came across more holiday traditions. Therefore, I decided it would be interesting - at least to me - to share what I learned about holidays - the rest of the story. All this will fold into Christmas, starting sometime in late October - early November. But, for now, we'll start with our next upcoming holiday - Halloween.

I hope you find this interesting.

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