Who could resist the awe of a Christmas tree?
Certainly not spiders.
They, just like any little people in the house, hoped for a glimpse…
A myriad of time period dramas are upon us.
Queen Victoria’s friendship with her Indian secretary is shared in Victoria & Abdul. The Man Who Invented Christmas follows Charles Dickens in his journey to pen The Christmas Carol. And December 25th, a film reveals the wonder of the Victorian Circus through P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman.
‘Twas a time before Christmas.
Unimaginable as it may seem, the holiday brought little more than a glad tiding or cup of good cheer. To unearth the origins of time-honored traditions held today requires a return to Victorian Christmases.
. . . To precisely one in particular. . . that of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Selling out in three days’ time, Charles Dicken’s “little Christmas book” became a classic straightaway. Of a myriad of Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Carol, its message of giving fostered convictions in the rich and inspired the classes from merely observing the holiday to celebrating it.
Speaking of old Ebenezer. . . .
Mulled wine originated in the 2nd century as a way to keep the Romans warm during cold winters. As the Roman empire spread across Europe, so did the popularity of mulled wine. Europeans would mix their wine with spices to promote health and avoid sickness and add herbs and flowers to make unpalatable wine taste better. Nowadays, the beverage is often associated with the holidays and is enjoyed across the world under a variety of names, including Glühwein in Germany and Glögg in Sweden.