• Advent Traditions - England Medieval "Dolls" or perhaps puppets as Baby Jesus & Mary

    10 days ago - By It's About Time

    Roman du bon roi Alexandre Manuscript by Jehan de Grise, France 1344.
    In medieval & pre-medieval times, in parts of England, there were early forms of Nativity scenes called "advent images" or "vessel cups." They were a box, often with a glass lid that was covered with a white napkin, that contained 2 dolls representing Mary & the baby Jesus. The box usually was decorated with ribbons & flowers. They were carried around from door to door. It was thought to be very unlucky, if the family did not see the dolls before Christmas Eve! Bad luck was thought to menace the household not visited by...
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