While many of us are familiar with Christmas for either religious reasons or its more modernized version, filled to the brim with a jolly fat man in a red suit and dozens of Christmas specials on television, the holiday has gone through many incarnations through the centuries, always packing something different while still maintaining its celebratory roots.
In order to give Derry residents a sense of just how this holiday has evolved, historian Michael Glaeser will be hosting A Tudor Christmas on Dec. 13 at the Derry Public Library.
Glaesar has always had a strong history background, having taught classes at both the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University, before entering his current profession as a public speaker.
But while he has always loved history, Glaesar can understand why others may be bored by the topic. This is why he began his Hands-On History presentation, of which A Tudor Christmas is only one of several that he has prepared for the public. Moving forward with these events on a regular basis in the summer, the presentations feature Glaesar delving into a variety of subjects and their historical significance, all while he and occasional volunteers showcase costumes, music, foods and artifacts that help to bring attendees back in time and give them a greater appreciation of the topic.
“The idea is to make history a little more exciting for people”, Glaesar noted.
This will be the first time that Glaesar has tackled a Christmas presentation, but he has more than enough prepared for it. Focused around Christmas in the 1600’s, the presentation will expand upon what Christmas was like during the time of the House of Tudor, an English royal house, and how they celebrated the holiday, including religious ceremonies, how the general public took part in the proceedings and generally how these celebrations compare to today.
Glaesar seemed quite excited to get this presentation underway, as his past events have already seen great success Those who attended his prior lectures actually spoke to him afterwards to consult him on where they could go to learn more about the current topic and Glaesar has always been a fan of teaching, especially when engaging a captive audience.
“It’s a really fun experience,” Glaesar said.
The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit derrypl.org or contact the Derry Public Library at 432-6140.