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Happy Stir-Up Sunday! Question: What are you supposed to do on Stir-Up Sunday? Answer: Stir Christmas Puddings. https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Stir-Up-Sunday/ Even four generations of royals are up for it. Though this was, of course, last year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOig6Of4OyA


My mother grew up in a small village in Surrey, and, when still quite small, once went carolling with her friend, Cynthia. They didn’t go far though. Just into the study of Cynthia’s father, Major Charles Micklem, who gave them half a crown each for their efforts. (Big money back in the 1920s.) https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/carols_history.shtml


Though perhaps not well-known in some parts of the world, great quantities of these will probably go down over the holidays in Great Britain and Commonwealth countries. (Just not down me, as I don’t happen to like them.) https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-12-18/britains-strange-addiction-medieval-christmas-treat  


’Twas the night before Christmas … Thus starts the poem most people hear at least once during the Christmas season. American writer Clement C. Moore fathered nine children, and, in 1822, penned “A Visit From St. Nicholas” to entertain the first six of them. It was published anonymously the following year and soon became a […]


Question: What went up in many homes today? Answer: An Advent calendar. Like many Christmas traditions, this one started in Germany, around 1851. The first printed Advent calendar was made by Gerhard Lang, a partner in the Reichhold & Lang printing shop in Munich. When he was a child his mother had helped him count […]

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