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Dear Dana,

Thanks for this interesting query to the list; I (for one) had no inkling of
such celebrations. Do the sources make clear if this was in some way a
liturgical extension of celebrations of the birth of Christ, or the
crusading equivalent of an office party that would get out of hand and last
for a few days? Does just one source mention this, or several?

Looking forward to office parties,
George

-----Original Message-----
From: Dana Cushing / Austrechild
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 12/8/2000 7:33 PM
Subject: days of xmas?

>My question is concerning a book on medieval military history I'm
writing,
>and has to do with the celebration of Christmas.  Why were the
Crusaders
>celebrating their Christmas festivities from 24 to 28 December (Xmas
eve
>to Holy Innocents)?  Especially as opposed to a single night (usually
xmas
>eve) or the full twelve days until Epiphany?

thanks, dana cushing (new member)