The interesting thing about Christmas is how new much of it actually is. The basic festival dates back thousands of years - it probably originated with the pagan celts before being "adopted" by the early Christians. However many of what we consider "traditional" Christmas customs only arose within the last one or two hundred years.
The VictoriansMuch of our modern traditional Christmas (if that isn't too much of a contradiction!) is of Victorian origin. The Victorians loved elaborate celebrations and any custom adopted by Queen Victoria herself was guaranteed to spread rapidly through Victorian society in England and hence to other parts of the world.
On these pages I'll investigate some of the customs and traditions of Christmas, both ancient and modern, as well as discuss a little of the symbolism behind them. If nothing else it'll give you something to talk about whilst stuck in the traffic jam on the way to do your Christmas shopping!