400 years of Seasonal Traditions in English homes

The significance of even the most familiar Christmas traditions are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of modern life, leaving us with only the scramble to shop and plan the holiday meals.

This can make the Yuletide less enjoyable, less exciting and less meaningful, and has led to the common complaint that Christmas is “too commercial” or “just for kids”. Of course, neither of these is true: the celebration of Christmas in English homes is both ancient and fascinating.

An exhibition is on view through Sunday 7 January 2007. At the Geffrye, they dig beneath the surface to explore 400 years of domestic tradition and seasonal decoration. They also consider, amongst other things, the meaning of evergreen decorations, why stockings “are hung by the chimney with care” and what role sparkling lights and fire have played in the celebration.

A visit to the Geffrye in December is both magical and intriguing, it will lift your spirits and may encourage you to see Christmas in a different light…

Related Links > www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

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