Once inside, we were shown around the key rooms in which Christmas festivities would have been prepared or celebrated. In the Chapel we learnt about the hidden meaning of the ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ and a little more about the story of Saint Nicholas. When in the kitchen we enjoyed the tales of the Christmas food preparation and how the ingredients were quite different to today and how the ritual of ‘toasting’ started. In the Great Hall, we all took the opportunity to be warmed by the open fire and then we heard about the origins and symbolism of the ‘kissing bough’ and ‘yule log’ and also about how the food would have been served on oak boards. The children thought about sayings from this period such as ‘treading the boards’, ‘chairman of the board’, ‘board games’ and ‘all above board’. I do hope they may wish to explain to you!
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