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Joyeux Nöel: Music Brings the World Together

This year – 2014 – marks the centenary of the outbreak of WWI; while, this month of December, is actually the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914¹. It was a special and poignant time, because the Christmas Truce was the one time in the whole war when soldiers all laid down their weapons, gathered together on No Man’s Land, and actually got to know each other.

Sainsbury’s, a popular Christmas supermarket here in England, have made a Christmas advert set in the times of the Truce; which is a lovely advert, but has received much criticism for being one so. However, I am glad they highlighted it, because the start of the war is remembered. But remembers those French, Scottish, and Germans, who actually halted the war for two days to keep Christmas as it should be? Continue reading Joyeux Nöel: Music Brings the World Together

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The Medieval Origins of Christmas

It is common held belief that Christmas as we know it today started in the Victorian times. The husband of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, became famed for bringing over fir trees from his native Germany to England, and thus started the tradition of having decorated Christmas trees in the home. Queen Victoria went step further by placing presents underneath it. Gatherings of people would sing Christmas carols at home round the piano, or out in the streets moving from door to door.

Unknown to many, the Christmas ways and traditions that we use to celebrate did not start in the Victorian period, but actually date back to the medieval era.

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