It was fascinating to go a Tudor Christmas event today. The house was decked with greenery, holly, mistletoe as befitting a Tudor house at Christmas. There was no Christmas tree of course. That was a Victorian innovation into Britain.
The best thing for me though was seeing the Christmas meals which would have been eaten by the different ranks in society.
Poverty in England was probably at its height in Tudor times. The poor people were reduced to eating bread made out of acorns and pottage, a vegetable or weed soup. Times were very harsh for the poor in 16th Century.
British social history at its finest, today gave a real feeling for the people, the plight of the many and the pampering of the few.