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Post holiday couch time? The next few days are a good time to rest, read and refocus if you can! Take a few moments to record some 2016 holiday memories in your journal or read new books or Kindle editions Santa brought you!
Happy Boxing Day! Did you know Boxing Day (the Second Day of Christmas) has nothing to do with boxing. It refers to an old British custom on which tradesmen or employers distributed gifts in ‘boxes’ to their employees or aristocrats bestowed gifts on their servants. Now, akin to Black Friday in the U.S., Boxing Day in Europe, now extended to Boxing Week, and is a prime time for retailers.View full article →
MERRY CHRISTMAS! We hope your day is sweet and merry!
“Always on Christmas night there was music. An uncle played the fiddle, a cousin sang “Cherry Ripe,” and another uncle sang “Drake’s Drum.” It was very warm in the little house. Auntie Hannah, who had got on to the parsnip wine, sang a song about Bleeding Hearts and Death, and then another in which she said her heart was like a Bird’s Nest; and then everybody laughed again; and then I went to bed. Looking through my bedroom window, out into the moonlight and the unending smoke-colored snow, I could see the lights in the windows of all the other houses on our hill and hear the music rising from them up the long, steady falling night. I turned the gas down, I got into bed. I said some words to the close and holy darkness, and then I slept.”
Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in WalesView full article →
WE’RE CLOSING UP TODAY UNTIL REOPENING ON JANUARY 9TH, 2017!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Wassail is a traditional Christmas thru Twelfth Night toast meaning “to your health” ( Anglo Saxon waes hael ) and a spicy, alcoholic beverage served to guests throughout the season. Recipes abound on the internet but typical ingredients include apples, brown sugar, lemons and oranges, cloves port and sherry, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. In case you’re in the mood for literary revelry here are several lovely, very old, traditional wassail toasts to share at your holiday dinner!
Let not the useless sorrow
Pursue you night and morrow,
If e'er you hoped—hope now
Take heart: uncloud your faces,
And join in our embraces
Under the holly bough.
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When Rosemary and Bays, the poet’s crown,
Are bawl’d in frequent cries through all the town;
Then judge the festival of Christmas near,
Christmas, the joyous time of the year!
Now with bright Holly all the temples strow
With Laurel green, and sacred Mistletoe.
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O you merry, merry Souls,
Christmas is a coming,
We shall have flowing bowls,
Dancing, piping, drumming.
Delicate minced pies,
To feast every virgin,
Capon and goose likewise,
Brawn, and a dish of sturgeon.
Then, for your Christmas box,
Sweet plumb cakes and money,
Delicate Holland smocks,
Kisses sweet as honey.
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Wassail! wassail! all over the town,
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink to thee
So here is to Cherry and to his right cheek,
Pray god send our master a good piece of meat,
And a good piece of meat that may we all see,
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink to thee!