Forum home The potting shed

Christmas of yesteryear



  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    KEF - not sitting in the GH on your own? Bless you and welcome to the SAD club.

    Pansyface,Philippa and Lyn - some good points made image Northern Finland would indeed be a challenge light-wise. How about living there between March and October and Tasmania for the rest of the year?

    Philippa, I'm sure the idea of Christmas cards and trees came over from Germany. Our German cousins are big on Christmas (love Stollen!!) I suppose the socio-economic situation back in the 1600s was merely an exaggerated version of how it is today. The rich landowners would dine in comfort while the poor were happy to make it through the winter. The church would have been the focal point of festivities rather than the shopping centre as it is now.


  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    That's an interesting point butterfly, I hadn't thought of that.

    I'm sorry to hear that Runnybeak image Pull up a chair.

    Verdun - you're a big softie really aren't you image But yes the expectation to spend when many people really can't afford to. Of course, the media whips the Christmas hysteria into a frenzy. TV adverts portray houses packed to the rafters with shiny,happy people while simultaneously driving home the point that if you're not one of them, there is something seriously wrong in your life. Social conditioning.

  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    KEF you are voted as St Knickerless this yearimage

  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,546

    image Lesley and Kev

    I used to be in the SAD club but not now I have met you guys image


  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Thanks image Lesley LOL. 

  • Christmas cards are an evolution of visiting/calling cards which developed from the early 18th century. There was etiquette over which side of the card was turned up or down, if it was reciprocated and if that was in an envelope or not.

    Christmas trees came to the UK via Prince Albert after the German tradition.

    Christmas day as a day off and celebration much more recent (1958). In Scotland, Ireland and northern England the tradition was the giving of presents (normally food) on Handsels Monday and not Christmas, which was just a normal working day.

    We can blame the likes of Coca-Cola and various American movies for the modern Christmas.

    Personally I miss the lights when taken down, as it makes January so dark and gloomy.

  • One of my favourite books and one I re-read frequently is an abridged version of The Diaries of Parson Woodforde - he gives several accounts of how he spent Christmas - for many people it was a working day with perhaps a slightly better meal - and a day when the more fortunate members of the community considered it their duty to give a small gift to their servants and the poor of the community. 

    "...25 Dec. 1786 - It being Christmas Day, I had the following old men dine at my House on roast beef & plumb Pudding and after Dinner half a Pint of strong ale and a shilling to each to cary home to their Wives..."


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,341

    So the wives didnt get any dinner Dove?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Lyn wrote (see)

    So the wives didnt get any dinner Dove?

    It seems not image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

Sign In or Register to comment.