A Selection of Christmas Posts

Here’s a quick list of some of the best Christmas posts I’ve seen in the last 24 hours:

To start, we must have Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma doing the Wexford Carol!

A couple key posts by Caitlin Green (of course; read her writings, people!)

The History of Santa Claus and Father Christmas, A Guide to Online Resources

The English Father Christmas: A Separate Origin

–Josiah King, The Examination and Tryal of Old Father Christmas, 1686  (courtesy of Dr. Green)

Kathryn Warner, Edward II’s Christmases (always a pleasure reading)

Michael Livingston, The Medieval Origins of Xmas (great post)

The usual treasure-trove of items from Peter and Sandra at Medievalists.net:

Seven Medieval Christmas Traditions

Bah! Humbug! Complaining about Christmas gifts 1600 years ago (Asterius of Amasea’s New Year’s sermon decrying pagan gift-giving)

Hanukkah in the Middle Ages

How to Party Like its 1399, by Danièle Cybulskie

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as a Christmas Poem, by Jean Louise Carrier

–and The Medieval Magazine, which is devoted mostly to Christmas in the Middle Ages.

And several gems from the British Library, Medieval Manuscripts Blog:

The Medieval Origins of the Christmas Carol

Christmas Coronations

A Reindeer Farmer at King Alfred’s Court

Alexander Murray, Medieval Christmas (from History Today, 1986)

And a couple of more modern items, a photo from 1870, and a meditation on the hope of Christmas in the Frankfurter Allegemeine

Daniel Deckers, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Licht im Dunkel der Nacht

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, On Losing Faith. (a very moving piece)


There is much to worry about, and mourn, and anticipate as 2016 comes to an end.  But still I say, Merry Christmas, frohe Weihnachten!