Kings of Christmas Extravagance

Kings of Christmas Extravagance

By Jeff Westover The history of Christmas through the ages is written in chapters of contrasting observance. One chapter could speak of the sanctity of the season, observed in hushed commemoration. And yet another chapter could speak of it as a season of riotous overindulgence, wild parties and outright mockery of things held sacred in churches. The 11th century was such a time especially in medieval England. The season by then had been observed through twelve consecutive days of festival — the much-heralded 12 Days of Christmas. On some levels the celebration did focus on the Nativity. Beloved Christmas traditionsRead more