Over the years I’ve written a wealth of blogs for the Christmas season. Rather than re-post any of them, I’m providing links so you can pick which ones are of interest. Here goes!
Dunder and Blixem? : Delving into the origins of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly : A look at typical Regency Era Christmas decorations and customs.
Christmas Traditions, Part 1 : Brief history of a few common holiday customs.
Christmas Traditions, Part 2 : A handful of additional holiday customs and their origins.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer : History of the “most famous reindeer of all.”
Celebrate Christmas ANY time of the Year : Places where the holiday spirit lives all year long.
The Kissing Bough : Brief history of this English decoration.
The Christmas Tree
Nativity Creche : Origins with Saint Francis of Assisi
Twelfth Night : The 12 days, masquerade balls, and King Cake.
Christmas Food in History~~
The Centerpiece: Christmas Pudding
What IS a Sugar-plum?
Posset to Syllabub to Egg Nog : Deciphering the differences between these warm drinks.
Mincemeat Pies : History and a recipe for the essential English Christmas treat.
Birds for Christmas Dinner : Turkey, yes, but many other fowl species were preferred.
Frumenty and Christmas Pudding : The history and a recipe.
Be Southern This Christmas : 6 recipes for traditional dishes from the southern-most states in the US, including gumbo, collard greens, and bread pudding with bourbon sauce.
Appetizers for the Appetite : A bunch of recipes for unique party treats.
A Slice of Pie to Finish : 6 recipes for delicious dessert pies.
For Cuddling by the Fire : Recipes for warm beverages perfect for winter nights.
Handel, Composer of “Messiah” : The history of Handel’s masterpiece, and a fabulous video performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Caroling to Santa Claus : Lyrics to 4 popular carols dedicated to the bearded man in the red suit.
A Visit From St. Nicholas : History and lyrics for Clement Moore’s famous ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Carols for Christmas : Lyrics to 3 modern era carols.
Christmas in Cinema~~