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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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400 Christmases in One go

How do you spend your Christmas? We each have our own family traditions, but there are those little rituals that are universal to all who celebrate this special holiday. Traditions are time-honoured, but that does not mean they do not change. How we celebrate Christmas now is different to how we celebrated it a hundred years ago.

At the Geffrye Museum you can discover the similarities and differences by visiting their Christmas Past Exhibition, which is open until the 5th January. The exhibition isn't just a gallery with a few artefacts; the museum has gone all out to decorate every room according to the period it represents. Explore four hundred years of Christmas, and discover how the middle classes celebrated the festive season. Learn about the origins of some of our much loved traditions, such as kissing under the mistletoe, hanging up stockings, decorating the tree, and sending cards. There will be events for both adults and children:

7th December

Squeaking and Squawking Decorations - a free crafts workshop for children 2-16 years old. There will also be carol singing during the day.

14th December

Christmas Past in Focus - a free formal talk for adults about Christmas traditions in the Edwardian period.
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When: Until 5th Jan
Phone: 020 7739 9893
Where: Geffrye Museum
Cost: Free-35
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