Article originally published in 2018 updated in 2020 with pandemic information. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Over the last few years, there has been a movement in retail trends imploring consumers to have an #IndieChristmas – buying Christmas presents from places other than big business and to prioritise independent sellers.
Quite a lot, actually. In fact, we could say that modern Christmas is almost entirely the invention of these stoic death-obsessed ancestors. The Tudors, our medieval and Roman ancestors certainly had their part to play, the festive season wouldn’t be what it is without the Victorian pioneers, particularly Prince Albert and Charles Dickens.
Welcome to another New Year! I hope 2017 turns out to be better than your 2016 whether it was good or bad. 2016 was certainly a year of changes. we had two political shocks. First, The United Kingdom voted to leave the EU and Donald Trump won a shock Presidential election. Post-truth became OED’s WordContinue reading “Why Freelancers NEED To Take Time Off”
Following on from my hugely popular Saturnalia and medieval Christmas posts of recent years (both of which followed on from a post on Roman Street Food), I’m jumping forward again. This time, we go to those flamboyant and merry Tudors. Although we in England tend to associate Christmas with the Victorians, the Tudors certainly knewContinue reading “Have Yourself a Tudor Little Christmas – All About Tudor Food”
I am no great fan of modern media. I have been intensely critical in previous posts, particularly on science reporting. This time of year, one particular story breaks on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s a contrived non-story designed to stir up fear with headlines like “Christmas is Banned”.
Last year, I wrote a blog post on Saturnalia and Roman festive food. I mentioned in the comments that I hoped to write an article on medieval Christmas food as a companion piece. A year later and here it is! Hmm, should I perhaps aim to do a Tudor and a Victorian one this yearContinue reading “Happy Christmastide – A Look at Medieval Christmas Food”
My post on Roman street food from earlier in the year proved hugely popular and I am dying to try out some recipes. One of my New Year’s Resolutions will most likely to be a bit more adventurous in the kitchen. As most people know, Christmas as we know it today is the fusion ofContinue reading “Happy Saturnalia! Roman Festive Food”
Social commentary on the commercialisation of Christmas does not come better than this! In fact, the political satire of commercialism, exploitation and even capitalism does not come better than this and it does it in a way that only a socialist with a dark sense of humour like Miéville can. It starts out typically ofContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Tis the Season by China Miéville”
Welcome to the year’s first Christmas special! Perhaps not as hotly anticipated as this year’s slice of Doctor Who but I’m sure you’ve all been dying to know what I think of how we portray the season in our writing. I’m sure some of you are about to start or are currently writing festive-themed shortContinue reading “Writing the Seasons: It’s Christmaaaaas!”