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  • Teasel’s Tudor Trivia – 23 December – What meat did Tudors eat on Christmas Day?

    In today’s Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, Claire and Teasel the dog share what is eaten on Christmas Day in the Ridgway household and what meat the Tudors would have tucked into.

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  • Teasel’s Tudor Trivia – 22 December – Beware of goblins!

    In today’s edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, Claire and Teasel share with you how to avoid goblins in your household, and it’s all to do with your Christmas decorations. Please do heed this warning from poet Robert Herrick!

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  • Tudor Christmas Food Crossword Puzzle

    As it’s the last Sunday before Christmas, we thought we’d test your knowledge of Tudor Christmas food. So, grab your favourite Christmas tipple, a mince pie or slice of Christmas cake, and have fun with this crossword puzzle. Good luck!

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  • The Tudor Christmas Pie

    It’s very nearly Christmas, so in today’s Claire Chats talk, I’m going to talk about the different meats that were eaten at Christmas in Tudor times, as well as explaining about the Tudor Christmas Pie.

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  • Christmas in Tudor Times book

    We’re in the process of laying out the latest in our Tudor Society series of e-books, a book on the Christmas traditions of medieval and Tudor people. We didn’t want you to have to wait until it’s completely laid out, so we’re releasing this PDF version of the content now for you. It brings together information shared in articles and talks, and we hope you will find it interesting and useful.

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  • Tudor Christmas Wordsearch

    The festive season is upon us, although we’ve yet to put up our Christmas tree, so we’re celebrating this fact with a Christmassy wordsearch today.

    Beware, the words can go in any direction!

    Have fun!

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  • Christmas Carols

    Christmas just isn’t Christmas for me without listening to traditional Christmas carols, although I do like a bit of Michael Bublé! In today’s Claire Chats I talk about Christmas carols and their history.

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  • Tudor Christmas Wordsearch

    It’s Sunday and time for our weekly puzzle!

    Today, you can test your knowledge of how Christmas was celebrated in Tudor times with this fun wordsearch.

    You can click on the link below or on the image to download it and print it out.

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  • Christmas Quiz

    Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Tudor Society! Have a wonderful festive period! If you have a spare few minutes then why not test yourself with this fun quiz.

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  • Tudor Christmas with Sarah Bryson

    Regular contributor Sarah Bryson talks to us about Tudor Christmas traditions.

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  • Tudor Christmas at Little Moreton Hall

    Jane Moulder, Tudor Life magazine regular contributor and a member of the Renaissance music group Piva, has just shared this ITV News video with me. It talks about the different Tudor Christmas traditions, including marchpane.

    It was filmed at the beautiful Tudor property Little Moreton Hall and features Piva too! I hope you enjoy it!

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  • 6 December – The Boy Bishop Tradition

    The 6th December was and is the feast of St Nicholas, or St Nicholas of Myra, the 4th century Bishop of Myra (modern-day Demre in Turkey), who is the patron saint of children, as well as sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, brewers, pawnbrokers and students. In medieval and Tudor times, it was traditional for a choirboy to be chosen on 6th December or Childermas (Holy Innocents’ Day) as “Boy Bishop” to act as bishop and to lead processions around communities, collecting money for the church and parish funds, and to lead some religious services.

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  • Advent and Christmas

    The four weeks of Advent began on Advent Sunday, the fourth Sunday before the Nativity, and was a time of fasting, i.e. abstaining from meat. Christmas Eve was even stricter than the rest of advent, with no meat, cheese or eggs being eaten, until after midnight mass when it was officially Christmas Day.

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  • Plough Monday

    Plough Monday was the first Monday after 6th January and was the day on which things would return to normal after the Twelve Days of Christmas and people would return to work. It was also the first day of the new agricultural year and 16th century poet and farmer Thomas Tusser wrote:

    Plough Monday, next after that Twelfth tide is past
    Bids out with the plough, the worst husband is last.

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  • Twelfth Night and Epiphany

    I’ve noticed lots of comments from people on social media saying how they’ve taken down their Christmas trees and decorations and got back to normal. For many people around the world today, the Christmas period was over with New Year, but Christmas in the Tudor period ran for twelve days, Christmas Day to Epiphany on 6th January, the feast day which was a commemoration and celebration of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child.

    Twelfth Night and Epiphany were marked with feasting and entertainment. But when exactly is “Twelfth Night”? Is it 5th or 6th January? There isn’t really any agreement over this and an article in The Guardian newspaper examined this question:

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  • Christmas Quiz 2015

    As it’s very nearly Christmas, I thought it would be fun for you to test your knowledge of Tudor Christmas traditions.

    Good luck!

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  • December 2015 Tudor Life Magazine

    Happy Christmas Tudor Society Members!

    Unless you’re one of our many Australian or South American members, December can be a very cold month indeed. What better way to keep out the damp and the wind than snuggling up with our December Tudor Life Magazine. It’s full of Christmas and festive themed articles, and this month we also have some food related sections too … all to help you survive the weather, where’er you are.

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  • Christmas Decorations, Twelfth Night and Candlemas

    An article about the tradition of taking down Christmas decorations at Candlemas.

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  • Christmas Traditions Video

    A video looking at Christmas traditions in the Tudor era and today.

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  • Tudor Life December 2014

    This is our BUMPER CHRISTMAS magazine, with an amazing 108 pages packed with facts, stories and fun related to the Tudor period, and of course to Christmas too!

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