Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to think about the other winter holidays! Please enjoy my Time traveler’s guide to the holidays… from pre-Christian Roman roots to early medieval and Viking beliefs, this series of articles covers just about anything you might want or need to know about the winter holidays of the past. I posted this series last year, but all of the information still applies and nothing has changed so I will try to re-post the series throughout this month for your convenience and enjoyment!
Music to accompany your holiday time travel journey: https://timeslipsblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/musical-inspiration-christmas-music/
History of Christmas in early England
As I mentioned in the previous post, this next discussion will focus on earlier forms of celebrating Christmas. As we work through the history, you will find that many of the customs and traditions you follow now as Christmas celebrations are passed on from much earlier pre-Christian winter Solstice celebrations. Some of them are remnants of Roman traditions but the majority of them that we are most familiar with stem from ancient Germanic and Nordic beliefs and customs. As we saw in the previous post, the earliest Norse migration into northern Scotland and the later Saxon and Viking migrations into the southern portions of the British Isles infused the cultures there with those Germanic and Norse traditions. The earliest Romans also left their mark in some ways, but towards the end…
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