A wonderful article by a medievalist I’ve been following for years now, explaining the delights of a medieval Christmas. Some traditions might look familiar (evergreens, gifts, mistletoe), others not so much (frumenty, Twelfth Night, liturgical dramas). Most fascinating to me is how the various Viking, Druid, and Celt pagan traditions are combined with the Christian to become our modern holiday.
I love Christmastime in Germany. Yes, it’s a hard time of year to be so far away from family and friends in the US, but as if to make up for it, Germany provides a Christmas experience so intense that there is a whole tourist industry in Europe built on enjoying it. That being said, there are a few seasonal traditions here that every year remind me I’m not in Kansas anymore. Read more “Christmas in Germany: Of Sacrificial Santas and Festive Meats”