- When: Monday, 03 December 2018
Date: Monday 3rd December
Where: Foundation Room, Emerson College
Tickets: £8 (Concessions £6)
*Tickets will also be available on the door
Explore the fascinating background to the festive season with author and lecturer Andy Thomas.
From mid-December each year, normality ceases and everything starts to orbit around the colourful, joyous and magical festival we know as Christmas. We dress homes and shops with beautiful decorations, plan elaborate meals and find gifts for loved ones in a spirit of goodwill. But why, and where did all this come from?
In this intriguing and entertaining talk, Andy Thomas will uncover the fascinating background to the festive season. From the ancient ceremonies of light in the darkness to the marking of the birth of a messiah, from medieval ‘misrule’ to Santas and sleighs, the time around the winter solstice has long been an occasion for rejoicing. Yet Christmas traditions have splintered into many guises and seasonal celebration was even banned in Puritan times. This talk will tell the fuller story behind the sparkle and merriment and shows why, for all the modern commercialisation, Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.
About the speaker:
Andy Thomas is one of the UK’s best-known authors and lecturers on unexplained mysteries and global cover-ups, and is author of the acclaimed books The Truth Agenda and Conspiracies. He also lectures on history and British folklore and speaks extensively in Britain and around the world at both ‘alternative’ and mainstream events. Andy’s previous talks at Emerson College have attracted much attention. He is the author of eight books exploring the unexplained and several of these have been widely praised as the finest available overviews of their subjects. His latest book, Christmas – from Solstice to Santa, is on the theme of his talk at Emerson, and copies of this will be available for sale during the talk.