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December in Saxons Calendar

December in Saxons Calendar

December was called "Aerra Geola," because the sun then "turns his glorious course;" and after the introduction of Christianity, "Heilig-monath," or holy month. December was, among the Anglo-Saxons, above all things, a month of festivity. Before the introduction of Christianity, Christmas was the feast of Thor, and the wassail bowl circulated as briskly in honour of the heathen god as it has done since at the Christian festival. The figures are engaged in threshing the corn, winnowing it with a fan, and carrying it away.

Other pictures from Chapter XXIV


November in Saxons Calendar

A Saxon Blacksmith

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