This is last year's Christmas Garland at Cotehele. It is made of flowers and is a real work of art. Sadly, we didn't get to Cornwall to see this year's garland, but I am posting last year's on the blog because you can see most of the hall and it's very evocative of many late medieval halls. A fire would be blazing in the huge fireplace, logs would spit and crackle. You can also see the displays of arms on the walls - they were decorated with sprays of leaves and berries. As were the doorways.
Below is a picture taken from the Weald and Downland Museum. The building on the left is a reconstructed market hall. In this area of the museum, the buildings have been laid out as (part of) a medieval street. Wooden shutters would close up the shops at night.
Today it's Ann Lethbridge's day on the Harlequin Historical Advent Calendar, so don't forget to check out her page!