Medieval Christmas Traditions that Made it into Contemporary Celebrations

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Dec 23, 2008 / 2 comments

Medieval Christmas Traditions that Made it into Contemporary Celebrations

When we think of Medieval times, it’s such a distant era that aside from Robin Hood and Knights in shiny armor, we don’t think we inherited much from it. But so many of the things we take for granted today, from familiar sayings (“it’s raining cats and dogs”), traditions (June weddings with brides wearing a veil and carrying bouquets of flowers), food (humble and minced pies, Christmas pudding) to heartwarming Christmas traditions we hold dear and love.

In this Christmas special episode of the “12 Tidbits of Christmas”, we take a trip through time and visit some of our most treasured Christmas traditions that have roots in medieval times and beyond. From Christmas trees to the real St Nick, I invite you to come along with me on this short journey of Christmases past.

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Comments (2)

  • ameliaspirit

    15 years 3 months ago

    I would love to visit monasteries in Europe. I am sure other people would appreciate knowing if there are good  books or websites that you know of that describes some about each monastery.


    Merci beaucoup,


  • ARoadRetraveled

    15 years 3 months ago

    Hi Amy,

    My research on monasteries and convents (aside from a few in Assisi, Italy) has only been for hospitality purpose, not historic, cultural, or religious purpose. I don't have any books or websites to recommend at this time, but I found a trip to the book store helped me find just about everything I was ever curious about.


    “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” - Paul Theroux

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