A – Z: seasonal take for The Blogging
from A to Z Challenge ...
see how easy it can be ... an ABC of the Aspects of the British Countryside to an A – Z about our Christmastide ... come join the fun – April First 2012 is our starting day – but you’re not a fool to take part ...
|The Nativity |
by Charles-Francois Poerson, 1667
Advent – from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” – Advent Sunday is the start of the Advent season – fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.
Brandy Butter – an essential addition for Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies
Christmas – Christ’s Mass is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes maesse, a phrase first recorded in 1038.
| Deck the Halls: |
Green Holly and Ivy
Decorations – from pre-Christian times, people in the Roman Empire brought branches from evergreen plants indoors in the winter. In the 15th Century in London it was the custom for every house and all the parish churches to be “decked with holm (Holm Oak), ivy, bays, and whatsoever the season the year afforded to be green. “Deck the Halls” ... a traditional Yuletide/Christmas carol and New Year carol.
Extras: Bread sauce, chestnut stuffing, bacon rolls, turkey gravy from the juices, cranberry sauce, bowls of nuts, custard, creams and chocolates ...
|Family Christmas |
Flowers to decorate the table – Christmas roses, hollywreaths ...
Grandparents and all family the essentials to Christmastide ...
Holly – was seen as a protection against pagans and witches, its thorns and red berries held to represent the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus at the Crucifixion and the blood he shed.
Ivy – the heart shaped leaves are said to symbolize the coming to earth of Jesus
|Mistletoe postcard, |
Jingle Bells – an American secular Christmas song
Karpfen in Bier: a traditional Christmas Eve dish in Germany – “Carp in Beer” ... poached, served with a sauce made from the liquor, with brown ale and gingerbread
Leftovers ... sliced ham or turkey, chipolatas, devils on horseback (bacon wrapped around prunes), fresh bread, baked potatoes, pickles and salads ... then bowls of rich turkey soup, turkey or ham ‘muck up’ ... fried Christmas pudding with brandy butter .... yummmeeee ....
|Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols|
at King’s College Cambridge
– December 2010 – c/o Phillip Cooke
Mince Pies with brandy butter or cream – may be eaten before a snatched kiss under the mistletoe
N for Nativity – Commemoration of Jesus’ birth – popularised by Saint Francis of Assissi from 1223
O Little Town of Bethlehem – one of many traditional Christmas Carols sung in Church or at Carol Services
Plum Pudding .... on which a sprig of holly is set, brandy poured over and set alight, before being served with brandy butter, cream or custard ...
|Trafalgar Square, London |
– Christmas Tree
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree to Britain: they were enamoured seeing a tree hung with lights, ornaments and presents placed around.
Remember our loved ones – with a Christmas card, personal telephone call or special handwritten letter --- especially those thank you letters and cards.
Santa Claus – leave out gifts for Santa to thank him for his visit ... Stilton, Mince Pies with a glass of sherry
Tradition – Christmas is a strong Christian tradition, from which over time a variety of Christmas celebrations have developed, that incorporate regional and local cultures.
Units of weight – you’ll be dieting off in January 2012 – sorreeeeee!
Vegetables – roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, roast onions, Brussels sprouts, carrots, red cabbage ...
Wassail cup – historically mulled cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spices, roasted cider apples to decorate and topped with slices of toast, acting as sops.
X - the great unknown .... xxx or perhaps that KISS under the Mistletoe
Yule Log: Buche de Noel – a traditional dessert served at Christmas time particularly in francophone countries and former French colonies. A sponge cake in the form of a log – filled with chocolate buttercream, covered in a chocolate ganache or frosting, decorated with powdered sugar to resemble snow.
Z Zizz it all off – just don’t hibernate ‘til April ....
|Blogging from A - Z|
Lee’s great suggestion of the A – Z posts can be filled with so many ideas ... good for our creativity, while greeting old friends and meeting new bloggers – come join the fun.
I so enjoyed the Challenge last year - thanks so much Lee for the Christmas opportunity – Happy Christmastide to one and all .. with a very successful 2012 ahead ...
And as Hilary says, The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is as easy as ABC. Come join us. Sign ups will begin on January 30, 2012. Thank you, Hilary, for this special holiday A to Z post.