A Unitarian Christmas

Exploring the deeper meaning of Christmas and Yule

Location: Trowbridge Meeting House (Unitarian) Trowbridge BA14 8LY
Start Date: 07 December, 2010 at 07:00
Finish Date: 07 December 2010 at 08:30
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow (View profile)
Cost: £0.00

The aim of this workshop is to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the meanings of solstice, Christmas and other midwinter festivals. We will be looking at what this time of year means to each of us, and what it has meant to other cultures, past and present.

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Did you know, for example, that the custom of exchanging gifts started with the Romans giving gifts to their servants for Saturnalia? or that bringing greenery into the house is the oldest midwinter custom? or that Saint Francis of Assisi was the inventor of the Nativity display? or that kissing under the mistletoe originated in 18th-century London, and not with the druids?

Some Unitarian contributions to Christmas…

  • Jingle Bells
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • It came upon the midnight clear
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Clement Moore's classic illustration of Santa Claus

 

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