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The English Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s

THE ENGLISH PURITAN ASSAULT ON CHRISTMAS DURING THE 1640S AND 1650S

From the BBC History Magazine Sunday 22nd December 2013 Submitted by Emma McFaron "Mark Stoyle investigates popular resistance to the...

Georgian English Christmas 1714-1820

GEORGIAN ENGLISH CHRISTMAS 1714-1820

Farmer Giles's Establishment Christmas Day 1800 Georgian Christmas: An 18C Celebration December 22, 2013 Early Modern England Georgian...

 
 
 
Advent in Britain Today - Candles

ADVENT IN BRITAIN TODAY - CANDLES

Today, Advent is not widely celebrated in England, although in the Anglican church calendar Advent remains the official start of the...

Advent Traditions - Children in Normandy set fields on fire

ADVENT TRADITIONS - CHILDREN IN NORMANDY SET FIELDS ON FIRE

At Advent in Normandy, when the final harvest was complete, farmers used to pick a night to send their children to run through the...

 
 
 
Puritans - The Puritan War on Christmas 1642-60 from History Today

PURITANS - THE PURITAN WAR ON CHRISTMAS 1642-60 FROM HISTORY TODAY

By Chris Durston Published in History Today Volume: 35 Issue: 12 1985 The Westminster Assembly, which met from 1643-49, in a Victorian...

Advent Traditions - Italy

ADVENT TRADITIONS - ITALY

Christmas time begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent in Italy, which comes 4 weekends before Christmas. This period is called "Novena."...

 
 
 

MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS

Christmas Food - Medieval Feasts Histoire d'Olivier de Castille et d'Artus d'Algèbre, French trans. by David Aubert before 1467, for...

A Tudor Christmas

A TUDOR CHRISTMAS

Paragraphs enclosed in quotations are from Tudor Christmas from the History Learning Site "A Tudor Christmas was starting to resemble...

 
 
 
Englishman Thomas Tusser (1520-1580) on Elizabethan Christmas Food

ENGLISHMAN THOMAS TUSSER (1520-1580) ON ELIZABETHAN CHRISTMAS FOOD

At Christmas play and make cheer For Christmas comes but once a year Good bread and good drink, a good fire in the hall Brawn, pudding...

Christmas Greenery - A brief history with images

CHRISTMAS GREENERY - A BRIEF HISTORY WITH IMAGES

A brief history of greenery during the Christmas holidays Here in Maryland, families begin searching for their Christmas greenery after...

 
 
 
The Winter Solstice - The Yule Log

THE WINTER SOLSTICE - THE YULE LOG

Early on, burning a Yule log was a celebration of the winter solstice. In Scandinavia, Yule ran from several weeks before the winter...

Advent Traditions - England Medieval "Dolls" or perhaps puppets as Baby Jesus & Mary

ADVENT TRADITIONS - ENGLAND MEDIEVAL "DOLLS" OR PERHAPS PUPPETS AS BABY JESUS & MARY

Roman du bon roi Alexandre Manuscript by Jehan de Grise, France 1344. In medieval & pre-medieval times, in parts of England, there...

 
 
 
19C US - Christmas Trees & Cards

19C US - CHRISTMAS TREES & CARDS

The Christmas that Americans celebrate today seems like a timeless weaving of custom and feeling beyond the reach of history. Yet the...

November & December, 1765 - America Unites Against The Stamp Act - Taxation without Representation

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER, 1765 - AMERICA UNITES AGAINST THE STAMP ACT - TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

Defense of the American colonies in the French and Indian War (1754-63) and Pontiac's Rebellion (1763-64) were costly affairs for Great...

 
 
 
The Poinsettia's Proud Philadelphia Roots

THE POINSETTIA'S PROUD PHILADELPHIA ROOTS

Hardy Christmas flower got its U.S. start in 1829 at the first Flower Show. By Virginia A. Smith, The Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer...

Christmas Carols

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema A Carol Christmas songs - the oldest ones are the best BBC History Magazine - Monday 9th December 2013 "Christmas...

 
 
 
The Winter Solstice - The Roman midwinter festival Saturnalia

THE WINTER SOLSTICE - THE ROMAN MIDWINTER FESTIVAL SATURNALIA

Tuesday 17th December 2013 BBC History Magazine by Emma McFarnon "How did the Romans celebrate ‘Christmas'? "It is today associated...

The Winter Solstice - Yuletide

THE WINTER SOLSTICE - YULETIDE

Germanic & Northern European peoples observed Yule or Yuletide, a Winter Solstice festival connected with the worship of the Norse...

 
 
 
Advent Traditions - The Advent Calendar

ADVENT TRADITIONS - THE ADVENT CALENDAR

An advent calendar is usually a poster with 24 small doors, one to be opened each day from December 1 until Christmas Eve. Each door...

Advent Traditions - The Advent Wreath

ADVENT TRADITIONS - THE ADVENT WREATH

The Advent wreath, or Advent crown, is a Christian tradition that marks the passage of the four weeks of Advent leading to Christmas...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

Original Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Still Life Flower Art "Red in...

Original Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Still Life Flower Art "Red in Winter" Painting by Contemporary Arizona Artist Pat Stacy

Red flowers brighten a zebra vase in a black and white themed painting. Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Still Life Flower Art Painting 12"x12" Mixed Media on Canvas/Available Read more ...

ALASTAIR FONTANA - B&W SEA - 0006

ALASTAIR FONTANA - B&W SEA - 0006

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BOGO, Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Painting “Three Widows” by Santa Fe...

BOGO, Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Painting “Three Widows” by Santa Fe Contemporary Artist Sandra Duran Wilson

I love the colors in this acrylic on panel painting and the deep texture too. There are windows made from transparent material that is painted on both sides for even more... Read more ...

Over 2.5 Acres of Projected Images and Videos Illuminate Chicago's Riverfront

Over 2.5 Acres of Projected Images and Videos Illuminate Chicago's Riverfront

Animated work by Zheng Chongbin ART ON theMART is a new Chicago-based art program that amplifies the works of contemporary artists, transforming their pieces into dazzling... Read more ...

Edge House / KARO Architects

Edge House / KARO Architects

© Hyo sook Jin Architects: KARO Architects Location: Yongin, South Korea Architect In Charge: Kijung Kim Design Team: Hyunyong Jo Area: 95.0 m2 Project Year: 2017 Photographs... Read more ...

Fine Art Print Colorful Contemporary Abstract Art "Anasazi-Mini" by Colorado...

Fine Art Print Colorful Contemporary Abstract Art "Anasazi-Mini" by Colorado Mixed Media Abstract Artist Carol Nelson

I've chosen some of my favorite paintings to be made into bite-sized reproductions. In this collection of small canvas prints, each one arrives with its own little easel... Read more ...

Abstract Mixed Media Art Painting "Woman in Hat" by Cecelia Catherine Rappaport

Abstract Mixed Media Art Painting "Woman in Hat" by Cecelia Catherine Rappaport

6"x5" Mixed Media on Paper Read more ...

Yes, Julian Schnabel painted the Van Goghs

Yes, Julian Schnabel painted the Van Goghs

Contributed by Sharon Butler / While watching At Eternity's Gate, Julian Schnabel's new film about Vincent Van Gogh, I wondered if Schnabel had made the paintings and drawings... Read more ...

Contemporary Abstract Landscape Art Painting,“WINDOW OF ABUNDANCE” by...

Contemporary Abstract Landscape Art Painting,“WINDOW OF ABUNDANCE” by Intuitive Artist Joan Fullerton

24"x24" Mixed Media on Cradled Panel/Available Read more ...

Stevie Ray Vaughan Art Painting “Hat and Guitar” by Texas Artist Debra Hurd

Stevie Ray Vaughan Art Painting “Hat and Guitar” by Texas Artist Debra Hurd

Palette Knife Oil on Canvas This painting is sold, but commissions are welcomed, Read more ...