December Victorian Advent Blog

November 15, 2014

In just fifteen short days the Museum will be starting our yearly Victorian Christmas Advent blog so don’t miss out! We are sharing tons of great posts and decoration ideas. Be sure to go online and check us out every day from December 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015 for our daily advent blogs!

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t’ clean it up too quickly.” –Andy Rooney

December Victorian Advent is Coming Soon!

November 3, 2014

Hey there Oshawa, prepare yourselves for our annual Victorian Christmas Advent right here on our Victorian Christmas blog! This year you can expect lots of new posts about old Christmas traditions and how they came to be. Tell your friends and all those around you to get ready, because this year is going to be a great year!

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful!”   –Norman Vincent Peale

January 1, 2014

January 1, 2014

Once again, thank you for joining us this holiday season, for reading our daily facts, and sharing your stories!  We hope to see you for December 2014!

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December 31, 2013

December 31, 2013

New Years

Most people living in the Western Hemisphere celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1. This observance can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who began their New Year’s festival, kalends, meaning the first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar , on New Year’s day.

Hope everyone has a great New Year !

If you have any goals for the New Year, feel free to share by commenting below !

December 30, 2013

December 30, 2013

Connection of Christmas and New Years

Some researchers believe that a number of ancient New Year customs survived the decline of paganism by simply attaching themselves to the Christmas holiday.  It is like that New Yea’rs would not have been celebrated in today’s day, if in the past it was not a part of a Christian tradition.

December 29, 2013

December 29, 2013

    The Birthday of the Lord    

English dictionaries define the word “noel” as a cry of joy associated with the celebration of Christmas. In the past eras English speakers also used the word to refer to the feast of Christmas itself. Researchers differ in their explanations of the origin of the word “noel”. Most trace it back to the Latin word birthday. In the fourth century Church authorities in Rome introduced Christmas as “the Birthday of the Lord”.

December 28, 2013

December 28, 2013

What does Kalends mean?

In 45 B.C the Roman emperor Julius Caesar introduced a new calendar which shifted the date of the Roman New Year from March 25 to January 1. The Romans called the festival that began on this day “kalends”. The English word “calendar” comes from this old Latin term.

December 27, 2013

December 27, 2013

Three Christian festivals follow in close succession upon Christmas. St.Sephan’s Day occurs December 26, St.John’s Day on December 27, and Holy Innocent’s Day on December 28. These commemorative days were established in western Europe by the late fifth century.

December 26, 2013

December 26, 2013

Boxing Day

 Christmas boxing day originated in England, where the word “boxing” refers to the distribution of small gifts of money.

December 25, 2013

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !

Fun Fact:   In the middle ages, the boar’s head would be the central dish of the Christmas banquet. (“Encyclopedia of Christmas” by Tanya Gulevich)

How will you be celebrating today? Will you be eating a boar’s head like in the middle ages? Comment below!

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