[Stargate] Stargate Yule. Is Father Christmas Period?
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Tue Jul 10 12:50:32 PDT 2007
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--- "Steve Scott (Dietrich)"
<dietrich.strobelbart at yahoo.com> wrote:
> It has come to my attention that some concern has
> been expressed about our proposed theme for Yule and
> whether Father Christmas is "period". Please let me
> clarify a few things.
> The theme of the event is to be a late-period
> English Country Christmas, circa 1500 AD. The hall
> will be decorated accordingly with boughs of
> greenery, a fireplace, and small wooden toys, among
> other things. There will be a merchant portraitist
> in attendance, in a discreet location, who will
> provide "instant portraits" for those who desire
> them. (wear your best finery! Part of the proceeds
> go to the Barony!) There is also a rumor that
> Father Christmas may put in an appearance and that
> he may have gifts for those who have been good.
> The resale shop that was mentioned at Populace
> Meeting is an on-going ministry of the church where
> the event is to be held, and would be open that day,
> whether the event was there or not. It was only
> mentioned in passing as a point of interest and part
> of our civic duty. It was not intended to be
> construed as part of the Yule event in any way,
> shape, or form. It is our understanding that all
> proceeds from the resale shop go to one of the local
> battered-women shelters.
> For those of you who doubt the "period-ness" of
> Father Christmas, I offer the following links:
> "...with the arrival of the Normans and the story of
> St Nicholas the creation of
> the British Father Christmas was complete. Our
> first written reference to the entity
> of Father Christmas is found in a 15th century
> carol, which includes the line "Welcome,
> my lord Christëmas." From this point onwards,
> Father Christmas is seen
> to represent the spirit of Christmas: that of good
> cheer and benevolence to all.
> In Tudor and Stuart times Sir Christmas or Captain
> Christmas was called upon to
> preside over the Christmas entertainment in large
> houses. In 1638, we got our first
> image of Father Christmas courtesy of Thomas Nabbes,
> who illustrated him as an old
> man in a furred coat and cap."
> With that I hereby challenge anyone to supply more
> information as to whether Father Christmas is period
> or not.
> I hope this quells any doubts that anyone may have.
> Yours in Service,
> Lord Dietrich Strobelbart
> Stargate Yule 2007 Autocrat
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