When you think of the festive season there can be no more resounding an image than that of the almighty ringleader, Santa Claus, all dressed up in his red garments, plus the brilliant green glow of the Christmas tree. This combination of colours has traditionally been thought to have originated from the Victorian times, a period when the celebration process surrounding Christmas as we know it today, such as giving cards and dining on turkey, was really brought to life.
However, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found reason to believe that the colour coding of Christmas originated from centuries before and that the Victorians were merely modernising an age old celebratory concept, an interesting revelation ahead of Cambridge Christmas parties season. The artwork on rood screens used to separate church navels from the chancel in the 14th and 15th centuries were often painted in red and green, as a way of expressing a particular feeling. This, the researchers say, is where the festive colours were first conceived before the public eye.
Christmas in Cambridge this year is all about tradition. It was always an objective of ours in 2011 to ensure that each of our Christmas party locations promoted events that reflected an element of that place’s vibe. For example, our Manchester parties are all about music and Cambridge sees Santa’s Rudolph, Dasher and Comet immortalised over the course of three exciting events in December. Reindeers may not have much in common with Cambridge, you may be thinking, yet the traditions of Cambridge’s University and architecture tied in nicely to the concept of Santa and his reindeers.
As far as Christmas party ideas go, our Cambridge events are looking rather bold this time around. The Rudolph chapter sees an exquisite four course menu lining up alongside picturesque festive decorations and a rocking disco running through to the early hours. We suggest a red tie and green hat pulled from your crackers for these Christmas parties!