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Trimming the Christmas tree

                            O, Christmas tree! Today we ask, ‘how have trees been decorated in the past?’ Photographs and illustrations offer great insight into this, as well as articles on specific decorations and accounts of Christmas celebrations. No Christmas tree? No problem! Subscribe today and discover history as it happened

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Christmas gift-giving guides

Christmas shopping

We are now counting down the days until Christmas, and there are only a few days of shopping left.  Many of us are looking for inspiration for that perfect gift.  The newspapers found in The British Newspaper Archive can provide a number of gift-giving guides. We can see an increase in Christmas advertising and gift guides from the late 18th century as mass consumerism became a trend of Christmas. Before the days of social media, Pinterest, and Amazon wish lists,

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Easter traditions around the world

This week for Easter, we took a look through our newspapers to find Easter traditions across the globe.  The papers in the British Newspaper Archive report events from around the world as well as explore international customs and traditions.  We found traditions in Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, France, and England. Easter Customs In 1933, The Sphere did a feature on Easter customs in many lands. In one image, you can see fishermen from Galilee, in present-day northern Israel.  The caption tells us

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