400 Years Of Christmas Past

6th November 2009

Recapture the magic of Christmas with a visit to the annual Christmas Past exhibition at the Geffrye Museum, London E2, where the changing style of the English domestic interior is celebrated in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day. Every year each of these rooms is decorated in an authentic festive style, evoking some of the rich and colourful traditions and celebrations of Christmases gone by. From feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties, Christmas Past is not only a nostalgic reminder of how the festivities have been marked in English middle-class homes for the last 400 years, but offers offer great inspiration for a quirky take on the modern seasonal interior too.

This year’s programme of supporting events embraces a traditional ‘make do and mend’ theme. Create a unique range of Christmas decorations using recycled fabrics at the Vintage Christmas Craft Workshop on 5 December, or participate in a Swags and Garlands Workshop on 12 December, and use greenery, seed pods, dried fruits, spices, scraps and pretty recycled materials to create gorgeous – and environmentally-sound – decorations for Christmas. Prices and times on the website.

Gifts, decorations, cards and books available.

Christmas Past runs from 24 November to 3 January.

See www.geffrye-museum.org.uk for further information.

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