Christmas With J.R.R. Tolkien: The Father Christmas Letters — A Pilgrim in Narnia

My little 2015 piece on J.R.R. Tolkien’s funny and endearing Father Christmas Letters has had quite a spin around the internet this week. I cannot think of a better Christmas note for you, dear readers of A Pilgrim in Narnia, than to touch this up a bit and send it back out. I have come […]Continue reading “Christmas With J.R.R. Tolkien: The Father Christmas Letters — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Some Lost Christmas Traditions from Brittany — Bonjour From Brittany

The folk customs and traditions regarding the celebration of Christmas differ from region to region in France, as elsewhere, and those in Brittany were once quite distinctive. Some Lost Christmas Traditions from Brittany — Bonjour From Brittany

Stonehenge’s Builders May Have Feasted on Mince Pies and Sweet Treats — Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information

Excavations near the iconic English monument revealed traces of fruits and nuts. Excavation work has been led by English Heritage at Durrington Walls, Wiltshire Durrington Walls was inhabited by the builders of Stonehenge in about 2,500 BC Evidence suggests traces of hazelnuts, sloes, apples and other fruits at the site  NEOLITHIC MINCE PIE RECIPE: Download open fire mince […]Continue reading “Stonehenge’s Builders May Have Feasted on Mince Pies and Sweet Treats — Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information”

Medieval Monday: The Labors of December — Allison D. Reid

In the cold days of December, the fields were finally quiet, with the ground too frozen to work. Animals were taken care of, to ensure they would not only survive the harsh months to come, but that they would be healthy on spring’s arrival. After all, they would be needed to work. In bad weather, […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: The Labors of December — Allison D. Reid”

Beer Review: Hardywood’s Bourbon Barrel GBS (Gingerbread Stout) — The Tap Takeover

Name: Bourbon Barrel GBS Brewing Company: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Location: Richmond, VA Style: Stout – Imperial / Double Milk ABV: 11.5% An outstanding Stout that practically sings Christmas songs when you drink it. From the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s landing page for the beer: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, described by BeerAdvocate as “freagin’ Christmas in […]Continue reading “Beer Review: Hardywood’s Bourbon Barrel GBS (Gingerbread Stout) — The Tap Takeover”

Christkindlesmarkt

If I ever get to visit Germany before I die, it will probably either be for Oktoberfest in München (Munich) or for the Christkindlesmarkt in Nürnberg (Nuremberg). Since it’s nearly Christmas I’ll be talking about the latter in this post. For those who don’t know, the Christkindlesmarkt is a Christmas Market named for the Christkind,Continue reading “Christkindlesmarkt”

Roberta’s Recipes: Pumpkin Pie — Roberta Franklin

As I’ve said before, dear friends, autumn is a wonderful season; it offers lots of special culinary treats, too, and one of the best of them is pumpkin pie – ideal all through October, November and even December, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas. It does take a bit of time to do, but it’s […]Continue reading “Roberta’s Recipes: Pumpkin Pie — Roberta Franklin”

Here We Come A-wassailing

Wassail! ‘Tis the season for wassailing, and ’tis a custom I adopted as soon as I first learned about it back in the early days of the Interwebs. But what is wassail you may well ask? Well, according to Wikipedia, “Wassail…is a beverage of hot mulled cider, drunk traditionally as an integral part of wassailing,Continue reading “Here We Come A-wassailing”

‘Twas the night before Christmas…

…when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the normally extremely rowdy family of mice that took up residence in my oven last spring and rendered it inoperable by chewing up all the insulation. Outside, however, was a different story. As I lay down for a long winter’s nap, I couldContinue reading “‘Twas the night before Christmas…”