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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12 Days of a Tudor Christmas Giveaway Day 9

Day 9

Day 8 winner is: Scott. Please email your mailing address to:
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I loved reading your versions of Henry & his 6 wives Christmas list.

Henry was known for his opulence and Christmas was no exception. In Tudor England, Christmas was a twelve-day festival which reached it’s end on Twelfth Night, January 6, which was the Feast of Epiphany.

Those 12 days consisted of feasts, banquets, pageants, disguises, and all sorts of merry making which was presided over by the Lord of Misrule, or the Master of Merry Disports along with his train of heralds, fools in fancy dress, and magicians all making marry.

Henry VIII also observed the mediaeval custom of appointing a boy bishop to take the place of his senior chaplain: at Windsor, he once rewarded a lad called Nicholas with 10 marks for taking this role.

Court was filled during Christmas and this was the only time when rank was replaced with merriment. Like many homes, the royal palaces were decked out with holly, ivy, and any thing green the season had to offer. The Yule log crackled, carols were sung, dances were performed, wassail was drank,  and the public were allowed in to watch.

On Twelfth Night extravagant gifts were exchanged. Here is a record of some of the gifts the King received in 1534.

By the Queen. A goodly gilt bason, having a rail or board of gold in the midst of the brim, garnished with rubies and pearls, wherein standeth a fountain, also having a rail of gold about it garnished with diamonds; out thereof issueth water, at the teats of three naked women standing at the foot of the same fountain.

Dukes and Earls. As in list for 1532. Suffolk's gift is a book garnished with gold, having therein a clock

The abbot of Glastonbury, the prior of Tynnemouth, Dr. Rawson and the princcss's schoolmaster omitted. “By Layland, priest, two books of stories, with the King's grace.”

Among them occur a silver gilt compass, 69¾ oz., a goodly table of Hercules, a table of Our Lord, a tablet of gold with an antike face, a prymer of written hand in vellum, a goodly clock, an “esposier” of gold with a chain, a goodly table of St. Jerome, a tablet of gold with a device of Venus and Cupidoo, two “seviettes” and a marmoset.*

*The above mentioned items were taken directly from the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 7: 1534

1-Bring in a sprig of Holly. (One of the many Druidic practices that was adopted by the Tudor court)
2- Send a card. Although Christmas Cards did not exist in Tudor times, they did send out poems at this time of year.
2-Carol to your hearts content. The first collection of Christmas Carols was published in 1521 and the Tudor era is responsible for several well known Christmas carols, such as ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’, ‘The Coventry Carol’, and ’The First Noel’. ’What Child Is This’ borrowed the music of ‘Greensleeves’.
3-Bake gingerbread or gingerbread men. Gingerbread was often requested by Henry VIII, while his was the same standard recipe that is made today, his gingerbread was a bit more grand as it was covered with gold. Elizabeth I was the first monarch to have eaten a gingerbread man.

For today’s gift there will be two prizes and two winner. One giveaway is WORLDWIDE & one is US ONLY, please make your comment accordingly.

The First Giveaway is WORLDWIDE and is:

The Tudor Age by Jasper Ridley.


The Second Giveaway is US ONLY and is:

The Tudor Throne by Brandy Purdy.


A brilliant portrait of the rule of "Bloody Mary" and her intricate relationship with Elizabeth I, the adored "Virgin Queen," here is a riveting tale of one family's sordid and extraordinary chapter in the pages of history

I would like to thank Brandy for her donation of the book. If you would like to know more about Brandy, her novels or read her blog you may do so HERE.

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1. Leave a comment with your name and an answer to the questions:

What are your Holiday Traditions?

Tudor Trivia: Do you have a Tudor-related question? If so, then this is your time to ask it. Questions will be answered in the remaining posts.


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Margaret said...

One tradition we have is actually to celebrate my husbands birthday on Christmas eve. His birthday is actually on Christmas day but this way we get both celebrations in. I'm in Canada and no Tudor question. Thanks!

Pricilla said...

We celebrate on Christmas Eve as Christmas is spent with friends. Every year as we put up our tree it's like a look back at our marriage; thirty years of ornaments collected on vacations and given by nieces and nephews.

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Jennifer said...

On Christmas Eve we gather at each others house and have a big dinner. We exchange gifts and my father dresses up as Santa for the small kids. All the kids have to sing hear comes Santa as loud as they can before he will come in the house. They all get a turn to sit with him and get a present. Then we all go to the bigger towns to see all the Christmas lights. On Christmas day we open presents early in morning then go to my husbands parents and have dinner and exchange gifts.
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Gisele Alv said...

Our tradition here in my country is eat 12 grapes at midnight and you have the oportunity to wish 12 times while you eat them! Cool isn't?
Tudor Question: Did Henry VIII was happy an least one time in his life?

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Thank you for the giveaway!

Colleen Turner said...

On Christmas Eve we bake cookies so Santa has fresh ones to go with his milk :). Then Christmas day I make a big dinner with ham and we spend the day opening gifts and delighting in what we got!

I am in the US but I actually already have The Tudor Throne but would love to be considered for The Tudor Age.

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traveler said...

I celebrate Chanukah. We light the menorah, eat latkes, give presents to the children and enjoy family time together. Many thanks. I am in the U.S.

petite said...

On Christmas Eve we have a large feast with our entire extended and close family.The feast is extraordinary, authentic and lasts for hours. Our Italian traditions are boisterous, fun and memorable.

Robbie said...

Because I live a great distance from any of my family members, it was very important for me to come up with a Christmas tradition for my own family. We do not live very far from a wonderful resort hotel that goes overboard with its decorations (including a Christmas tree in every room), parades and shops. We do not have the income to actually stay at this resort, but they are kind enough to open it to people like us to walk around, shop, sit by the many fireplaces and drink hot cocoa. So we began the tradition of taking the 1 1/2 hour drive every year to the resort and on the way, each of us gets to open one Christmas present. I can still remember every gift I have opened on these trips and I know the memories will last my son a lifetime. I do have a Tudor question...although I am a bit embarrassed since I should know the answer...what happened to Katherine Parr when Henry died?

I am in the US and I follow. Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!

Yinx said...

Every year we put our tree on december 1st and do no turn it on until the 8th and no opening presents until morning.

Thanks & I follow

Maureen said...

On Christmas Eve we will have a nice dinner and then go to Christmas Eve services. We used to decorate the tree together but it is tougher to do that now that my children are in college.

Stephanie said...

Because we live away from our families, we have the tradition of going to the Mandarin for Christmas Eve dinner, then heading down to visit our families on Christmas Day, after opening presents in the morning at home.

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Carol L. said...

We have always gathered together and baked cookies a couple of weeks before Christmas and aside from hosting the annual dinner we also attend midnight mass.
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Liz said...

Our holiday tradition was one new ornament for each Christmas, started by a friend who gave us our first for our November wedding.

No Tudor question.


Mystica said...

I put out stockings for the children even though they are grown up! Taking the old stockings with me to Melbourne this time for them there.

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Rachel said...

I celebrate Chanukah so we light the chanukiah and eat lots of great fried things. Thanks for the giveaway!


Anonymous said...

We go to midnight mass then go home and open presents!

Tudor question-What does a maid of honor tart have to do with Henry 8?