‘I will hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.’ Charles Dickens
What does Christmas mean to you? Do you know where the festivities originated from, or how they’ve changed over the years? And how do you make it last ‘all the year’?
I’ll be dedicating my December blogs to exploring some Christmas traditions, ideas for festive makes, and ways to help that Christmas magic last just a little bit longer this year.
First up, where did the festivities originate from? I’m no historian, but I do know that Christmas to Christians means ‘Cristes Maese’, or Christ’s Mass – the birth of Jesus. But its origins lie way before that – there were paegan winter festivals and the Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia, when they decorated their homes with evergreens to remind Saturn, their harvest god, to return next Spring. I’m sure there’s more to know, but like I said, I’m no historian, so if you want to know more I’ll leave you to have a fish around on google.
As for me, I’m off to find out more about Christmas traditions for my next blog. My family originates from Yorkshire and we always have pork pie for breakfast on Christmas morning – after 7 years of marriage my husband still can’t get his head round it! If you have any weird, wonderful, or just plain memorable traditions in your family, please share them here.
Until next time – keep sparkling…