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Virtual Lecture: Christmas with the Romanovs

Sunday, December 6, 1:00 pm
Members Free, Nonmembers $5
Registration required by Saturday, December 5. The Zoom link will be sent to participants on the morning of the program.

Join Romanov Historian Nicholas Nicholson, co-curator of “Tradition & Opulence” as he discusses the celebration of Christmas at the Russian Court.  While Christmas is an important part of the Orthodox liturgical calendar, Christmas celebrations at the Russian court did not begin to resemble the kind of celebrations we are familiar with until the 19th century, after generations of Germans, a Dane, and three granddaughters of Queen Victoria arrived bringing their own traditions to change Christmas in Russia forever.  Nicholson will look at how and when the traditions of decorating trees and exchanging gifts became common, as well as what intimate celebrations of the family looked like, and the final commemorations of Christmas during the First World War.