Join us on December 17th for a festive evening as we learn about the Christmas traditions of days gone by!
About this Event:
Many of us who celebrate Christmas have traditions that we feel are steeped and time honoured. But most of them aren’t as old as we might think. Hardly any of the Christmas traditions that we know today were widely celebrated when the Town of York was founded back in 1793, and can instead be dated to the Victorian era. But we’ll also look back at a time, before the Town of York even started, that Christmas was outlawed and celebrating it was illegal. Whether you’re passionate about putting up the Christmas decorations, or like to channel your inner Scrooge, you’ll be sure to find something of interest in this presentation!
About the Speaker:
Richard Fiennes-Clinton has been involved in the local Toronto historical community for over 30 years. He gives walking tours all across Toronto, but has also organized a lot of archival material, which he uses to give illustrated talks on more than 200 years of Toronto history. He is also the author of a book called Muddy York – A History of Toronto Until 1834, copies of which are available for purchase at Toronto’s First Post Office.