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This exhibition has been mounted annually at the 'museum of the home' for over 20 years, with on-going research into the history of Christmas adding new dimensions each time.

Authentic festive decorations adorn the Geffrye's period rooms providing a glimpse into the ways Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years.

Artefacts on display trace the origins and meanings of some of the traditions of Christmas past; from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties.

The museum says that many visitors return year after year, as the display has become 'an essential part of their own Yuletide traditions'.

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, Greater London, E2 8EA

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Set in beautiful 18th century almshouses and gardens in Hoxton, East London, the Museum explores and reeveals the multiple meanings of home and home life through displays of rooms and gardens through time, stories from the collections, exhibitions and events. The Museum is closed until May 2020 for a major redevelopment. When it reopens, it will be the go-to place for ideas, inspiration and debate around the universal theme of home. Opening hours will be Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

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