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Tudor Minute December 25: Happy Christmas!

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Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 25.

Happy Christmas! Christmas in the Tudor period saw the end of the fasting season of Advent, a period of quiet and meditation on the coming birth of Jesus. Henry VIII was one of the first people to introduce turkey to the Christmas table, as it was first brought to England in the 1520’s, and Henry enjoyed it.

This is the day when the celebrations would begin, with the first day of Christmas, ending in the Epiphany, or Twelfth Night celebrations on January 6. Interestingly, the use of X as an abbreviation for Christ, which comes from the Greek lettering, was first commonly used in the 16th century, though its use in English dates back to the Anglo Saxon Chronicle when intelligent monks would use the abbreviation to show off their Greek skills. However you are celebrating today, I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com where there is an episode on Tudor Christmas celebrations.

AND I promised 12 Days of Christmas Specials, so here they are (all deals begin on their assigned date, and will last until January 7):

December 25: Use code GIFTCARD for 15% off all gift cards, good for anything in the shop – and they make a perfect Last Minute gift!

December 26: Use code Elizabeth for 15% off all the patterns featuring Elizabeth I.

December 27: Use code PLANNER to receive FREE US Shipping on all Tudor Planners (we have a limited supply left, so make sure you order soon!)

December 28: Use code TrFrBess to receive 35% off when you subscribe to a full year of Treasures from Bess – a great deal if you already subscribe monthly, and know you want to continue!

December 29: Use code TudorCon to buy early bird tickets to the 2019 TudorCon, and receive a boatload of bonuses: Two online video courses we did over the years – Pregnancy and Childbirth in Medieval and Tudor England, Kickass Women of Tudor England, the digital download of the Tudor Adult Activity Book, and an easy download of all three previous Tudor Summit videos (29 videos in total) all in one place!

December 30: Use code MQS to receive 15% off the new Mary Queen of Scots collection.

December 31: Use code LOVE to receive 15% off the popular Tudor Love design on necklaces, mugs, and Tshirts.

January 1: Use code JOURNAL to receive 15% off of all journals

January 2: Use code SUMMER to plan ahead and receive 15% off all beachwear

January 3: Use code BAGS to receive 15% off all purses and bags

January 4: Use code SHOES to receive 15% off all shoes

January 5: Use code ANNE to receive 15% off everything featuring the Anne Boleyn Portrait pattern

January 6: Use code UNICORN to receive 15% off everything featuring the Medieval Unicorn pattern