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Boars' Heads And Even More Ancient Holiday Fun

by NPR Staff
Dec 18, 2010 (Weekend Edition Saturday) — Saturday is the annual "Boar's Head Gaudy" at Queens College at Oxford University. Every year right before Christmas, the college invites alumni to the dinner, which begins with the pomp and circumstance of bearing a boar's head on a platter. It's a party that goes back about 600 years. Host Scott Simon speaks with Elaine Fantham, professor emerita of classics at Princeton University, about the ancient rituals and traditions that inspire holiday celebrations.

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