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Join Siobhan Clarke and the historical author Alison Weir for a talk about how the Tudors celebrated Christmas.
The Victorians get most of the credit for inventing our Christmas traditions, but many of our favourite ones actually date back much further — all the way to the Tudors.
Present-giving, carol-singing, and even mulled wine and mince pies were all popular back then, and you can even trace the origins of Father Christmas to the period.
Note: This talk will take place in the Garden Room and Hampton Court Palace.
Craig’s review of Hampton Court Palace – “If you grew up within ten miles of Hampton Court Palace then this place was your educational day out. This is how they'd teach you some British history. They'd cram fifty kids into a big bus and then make you troop around the grounds for two hours counting up the Tudor chimneys (because every single chimney is different, you see -- and if you came here ten thousand ti… continued”
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