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What were party invitations in the Elizabethan era like?

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Since most people could not read or write party invitations would have been verbally done by the common folk and the wealthy would have sent a small handwritten note by footman to the person they were inviting. People didn't have parties like we do today. For instance, Christmas was spent in church at mass and was called Christ Mass. After spending the day in prayer they would have a small dinner. The idea of a large festive atmosphere with a big dinner and gifts under the tree didn't happen until the mid 1800''s .
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