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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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 ?

Read More
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.

Read More
New Years Treat – Oliebollen
Dec30

New Years Treat – Oliebollen

Why not try a new really scrummy winter treat from the ‘Dutch Masters’ … Olliebollen – Delicious Dutch traditional winter fayre.

Read More
Christmas Cards
Dec23

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are a tradition that we don’t probably give a second thought to. But there was a time when no one sent them. Here’s some details on their origins.

Read More
The Winter Solstice
Dec20

The Winter Solstice

REASON FOR THE SOLSTICE In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth’s equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or...

Read More
Who is Father Christmas ?
Dec13

Who is Father Christmas ?

Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Sinterklass … whatever you call him he has a rich set of folklore and traditions surrounding him. But are they even the same person ?

Read More
Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions
Dec09

Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions

We have a lot of traditions surrounding a good British Christmas which enjoy but never really question. But where did some of them originate from ?

Read More
Krampus – The ‘Anti-Santa Claus’
Dec06

Krampus – The ‘Anti-Santa Claus’

Meet a new and disturbing character to add to the pantheon of Christmas mythical beings … Krampus!

Read More
Sinterklaas – A very Dutch tradition
Dec02

Sinterklaas – A very Dutch tradition

Sinterklaas is quintessentially Dutch. You might be tempted to think he’s just a Dutch version of Santa Claus … but he’s definitely not. He doesn’t even live at the North Pole !

Read More
Thanksgiving – An American Tradition
Nov25

Thanksgiving – An American Tradition

Thanksgiving is a traditional feature of North American life. We explain the history and origins

Read More
Budloe Night – Guernsey Bonfire Night
Nov04

Budloe Night – Guernsey Bonfire Night

Budloe Night in Guernsey is also Bonfire Night. They’re seen as the same now, but were they originally ?

Read More
Remember Remember the 5th of November
Nov01

Remember Remember the 5th of November

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot….. what lies behind this quintessentially British event ?

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest