Monthly Archives: December 2014

Tudor Christmas – Traditions

On the 6th December, Tudor people would often celebrate the Boy Bishop. The Church allowed a choirboy, elected by his peers, to be a Bishop during the period starting with St. Nicholas Day (6th December) until Holy Innocents Day (28th … Continue reading

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Tudor Christmas – Food

For the Tudors, before Christmas was a time of fasting. They would fast for Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, and Christmas Eve was particularly strict. On Christmas Eve they were not permitted to eat meat, cheese or … Continue reading

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Tudor Christmas – The Main Celebrations

We all know how Christmas is celebrated today, with a tree, lights and Santa leaving presents on Christmas Eve. But what was Christmas like in Tudor times? First, for the four weeks leading up to Christmas (Advent), people would fast … Continue reading

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16th December 1485 – Katherine of Aragon Is Born

On the 16th December 1485, Katherine of Aragon was born at Alcalá de Henares. She was the youngest surviving child of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile. She was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Catalina … Continue reading

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