How The Golden Cobwebs Came To Be

In awe of the Christmas Tree, the spiders circled round the adorned evergreen boughs to take in all they could see. When the Christmas Fairy saw the cobwebs the next morn, she. . .

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…

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Time Period Dramas You’ll Want To See In Theaters

With such a myriad of time period dramas upon us, which ones shall you attend?

A myriad of time period dramas are upon us.

Queen Victoria’s friendship with her Indian secretary is shared in Victoria & AbdulThe 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.

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How Scrooge Sparked Christmas & More Yuletide Origins

You know Dasher & Dancer & Prancer & Vixen. But do you know where these yuletide traditions originated?

‘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.

A little Christmas book.

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. . . .

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Christmas Traditions: Bûche de Noël

The Yule Log, or Bûche de Noël, is a French Christmas cake, the history of which stretches back before the medieval era. Continue reading “Christmas Traditions: Bûche de Noël”

Recipe: Mulled Wine

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.  Continue reading “Recipe: Mulled Wine”