In the late 18th and early 19th century, Christmas in Edinburgh's New Town was a month-long celebration involving parties, balls, and family get-togethers.
Christmas in Scotland was known as Yule. Yule festivities in late 18th-century Edinburgh would have been a blend of Celtic, Norse and Christian traditions. These celebrations focused on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, and involved bringing greenery into the house as a symbol of life, and the lighting of fires to banish the dark.
Hear stories of ancient traditions, sample Georgian drinks and foods and find out the house's connection to Charles Dickens, the author of A Christmas Carol.
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