I have done a series of posts on Christmas, most of which can be found by looking for my category Christmas. This page exists as a quick find and annotated list of the posts, as well as external links.
Posts on the history of Christmas, arranged by chronology of content:
- Knox, Cromwell, and Company: A very quick overview of Christmas celebrations in Europe up to the end of the 17th century.
- The Eighteenth Century: Christmas as celebrated in the United Kingdom and its colonies which became the United States.
- What Happens Next? Questions about what it was like during transitional period from the 18th century Christmas to the Victorian Christmas, and some literary references.
Quotes about Christmas:
- A quote about Christmas from Richmond, Va, 24 December 1834
- A Bit of Dickens’ Christmas, a quote from that classic of the season, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Other writings on Christmas:
- Emma L. Powers’ ‘Tis the Season, written for Colonial Williamsburg in 1999 and one of the best overviews of Christmas in the 18th century (and earlier) that I have read.
- Also from Colonial Williamsburg, a whole site with essays on various traditions, both in 18th century Virginia and at Colonial Williamsburg.
- The blog Georgian London has a few posts on food for Georgian Christmases: Hannah’s Yorkshire Christmas pie; Side dishes for the Christmas table; To roast a Turkey in a Genteel Way.