image for Literary Event item typeChristmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders at York House



Literary Event, Wed 22 Nov 2017


Richmond Literature Festival

020 8831 6494


Richmond Road,

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Thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, in the fourth century, the Pope was already warning that too many people were spending the day not in worship, but dancing and eating to excess. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically recalling the Christmas of the ‘old days’, certain that they had been better then.

Food, drink and nostalgia for Christmases past seem to be almost as old as the holiday itself, with other aspects of the celebrations newer than we might realise - wrapping-paper was unknown before the twentieth century.

Christmas has been all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a period of eating and drinking. In this event acclaimed social historian and best-selling author Judith Flanders casts a revealing eye on the myths, legends and history of the season, from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.

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Event details

Dates Times
Wed 22 Nov 2017 19:00


£10 / £8.50



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Map reference: TQ 165733  Lat: 51.44671 Long: -0.32496

South West Trains from London Waterloo / Clapham Junction run to Richmond, St Margarets and Twickenham Stations.

The District underground runs to Richmond and the Piccadilly line runs to Hounslow.

Buses from Richmond Station that stop on Richmond Road, close to York House, are H22, R68, R70, 490 and 33. From Hounslow the 281 and H22 stop in King Street.
From Kingston the 281 stops in King Street.

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Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Twickenham station


  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality