The good people at Horrible Histories have gotten into the holiday spirit, spreading their own brand of mythbusting (George III introduced Christmas trees to England; King Wenceslas was actually a duke from Bohemia) via our favorite carols. Take a look: Continue reading A Horrible Histories Christmas
I love how the Brits to Christmas, I really do. They have fun with it. They decorate their cities to the nines, go ice skating, sing carols, and run obstacle courses with plum puddings. How cool is that? And unlike the holidays over here, it doesn’t look like pepper spray was involved at all. Good show! Continue reading Pudding Race!
You know the song The 12 Days of Christmas, right? Chances are, you know at least part of it (Five Gold Riiiiiings!), but did you know it might have been a way of secretly teaching young English Catholics their faith when Catholicism was frowned upon in England? That’s the theory proposed by Canadian English teacher and hymnologist Hugh D. McKellar. His interpretation of the song … Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas
Ok, so this has nothing to do with England or costume dramas or anything like that, but I’m posting it anyway because I think it’s totally awesome. I might be biased because they used a pretty cool version of my very favorite holiday song, but even setting that aside, I think we can all agree that this is pretty well done. I don’t know who … Continue reading Just Plain Awesome
Trees, turkey, wrapped presents, and crackers—most of today’s holiday traditions actually stem from the Victorian period (Prince Albert brought the tradition of a decorated Christmas tree over from Germany when he married Victoria, and together they made it popular). Curious about how Christmas was celebrated at the court of Henry VIII? There’s some great info to be found here and here. Amongst the tidbits:
Those lucky Tudors got to party for 12 days (hence the 12 Days of Christmas). Their celebrations went on straight through to January 5, the day before the Feast of the Epiphany. During those 12 days, commoners and nobles alike would take some time off, visit friends, and share minced pies, which typically included 13 ingredients to represent Christ and his apostles. A little chopped mutton would be thrown in to remember the shepherds.