Sara Read

How different were things in ye olde Christmas?

Nowadays, there are many unforgettable traditions surrounding the holidays – decorating the Christmas tree, exchanging presents, watching Christmas movies with loved ones, and more. But just how much has changed from Ye olde Christmas, and how did we get here?

Dr Sara Read has shared research, stories, and even some recipes, taken from how Christmas was celebrated back in the 17th century.

The articles and videos can be found below:

When fake news cancelled Christmas

“You’re just about ready for Christmas. You’re looking forward to your holiday and then, on the 21st of December, you hear a rumour that Father Christmas has been arrested? Funnily enough, I’m not talking about the plot of the 2014 Christmas film ‘Get Santa’, but about the plot of a pamphlet published at Christmastime, 1645.”

Ye olde remedies for modern Christmasse ailments… or how 17th century medicine can help after a Christmas binge

“Loughborough University is here to talk you through some 300-year-old remedies for over-eating and over-drinking during the festive holidays.”

Recipe: Create your own mince pie the 17th century way… with meat

“As far as I’m aware, you won’t find mincemeat pies featuring boiled tongue on any supermarket shelves at the minute, so this is a good opportunity to get ahead of the craze.”

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