Greenery at Llanfair Kilgeddin ©Andy Marshall

Some of our most ancient churches have been witness to hundreds, even a thousand Christmases past. Ecclesiastical historian John Vigar looks at how different aspects of Christmas-tide and the Christmas story have been revered, celebrated, or even banned in churches over the centuries – from medieval greenery to Tudor bell-ringing, harsh Puritan restrictions to post-Restoration restraint, and finally, the Victorian Christmas we are more familiar with today.

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