Did the Romans invent Christmas?
Dec12

Did the Romans invent Christmas?

The Romans were pagans for the first 300 years of Christianities existence.We’ll see in this article that Christianity has been very clever in subsuming pagan festivals and replacing them with their own, especially when the exact dates of some Christian festivals cannot be pin-pointed precicisely.

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A very short history of Bonfire night
Nov04

A very short history of Bonfire night

No one was more delighted by the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot than King James I, who had narrowly avoided becoming the first king to sit on a rocket-propelled throne. In this article we look at the history of the partying mayhem that grew up surrounding this quintessentially British tradition.

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It’s New Year’s Eve, time to sing “Auld lang syne” again. But what does it mean ?
Dec31

It’s New Year’s Eve, time to sing “Auld lang syne” again. But what does it mean ?

When New Year’s Eve rolls around every year it’s inevitably time to Sing “Auld lang syne” again. But what does it mean ?

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30 Interesting Factoids about Christmas
Dec24

30 Interesting Factoids about Christmas

Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The...

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Christmas Crackers – A History of Tom Smith
Dec20

Christmas Crackers – A History of Tom Smith

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Cracker. That extra piece of trimming that helps make up the Christmas table with it’s paper hats, silly (sometimes usefull) gifts and jokes and mottos that we all like to groan at. Here we look at how the man behind this tradition, Tom Smith, developed them.

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Good King Wenceslas – The Story behind the Carol
Dec13

Good King Wenceslas – The Story behind the Carol

Good King Wenceslas is more than just a popular, jaunty Christmas Carol, it encompasses a true story of a man who was made a saint by the Catholic Church.

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How To … Make a Christmas Pudding
Dec10

How To … Make a Christmas Pudding

The Christmas Pudding, that most lovely, in my opinion, of all the scrummy Yuletide fayre. In this article we look at that one of the most famous exponents of this dish, the Victorian cook Mr’s Beeton. Christmas Pud Origins Christmas pudding, or plum pudding or figgy pudding, is believed to originate from the medieval period (early 15th centuary probably) when plum pottage was served during festivities. Plum pottage was a meat...

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Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?
May28

Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?

Tea certainly isn’t native to the British Isles so how did this come about? It certainly is an interesting story involving a Portuguese princess who was a tea addict, smuggling and even revolution.

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“The Guernsey” – A Knitwear Tradition
May10

“The Guernsey” – A Knitwear Tradition

‘The Guernsey’ is a distinctive piece of clothing with it’s roots deep in the Island. It’s a simple but elegant garment that’s even gone to war with the British Armed forces in the 21st century. We look at it’s origins and features in this article.

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Was Jesus really born on the 25th December?
Dec25

Was Jesus really born on the 25th December?

Was Jesus born on December 25? There is no real evidence for this date. So then we must ask is, who and when was it decided that Jesus’ birth would be celebrated on this date? Secondly when was it really ?

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The Magi – a new revelation ?
Dec21

The Magi – a new revelation ?

An ancient document found in the Vatican archives has cast new light on the story of the Nativity and the Three Wise Men. The document called “The Revelation of the Magi” is an 8th century copy of an earlier one dated to the 2nd or 3rd century AD

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Christmas Traditions Around the World
Dec18

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas is probably the time of year when, certainly in the West, there is an overwhelming plethora of traditions and practices that each culture likes to embrace. Many are similar but there is also a huge range of completely different ones.

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Santa’s Reindeer
Dec14

Santa’s Reindeer

It may surprise you to know that Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is not all that he seems. Here we discuss the origins of the most mercurial of all Santa’s reindeer.

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Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?
Dec11

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

The innocuous mistletoe plant, now used to cop a cheap kiss or two, was once considered to be a sacred plant by the ancient Druids. But how did this Christmas tradition come about ?

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Pontifications – answers to the fluff of everyday life
Mar06

Pontifications – answers to the fluff of everyday life

Answers to some of the amusing questions and fluff we muse on from time to time. What does the D in D-day stand for? Why are portholes round? … amongst other questions.

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