A Christmas Yarn for the Tightarses.

The Yarn Begins: An old man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day son but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.” “Dad, what are you talking about?” the son screams. […]

The Birth of the Christmas Card, 1843.

Cultures have enjoyed sharing written New Year’s greetings for centuries. The English-speaking ritual of sending holiday cards, however, dates back only to the middle of the 19th century. Some sources say it originated with Thomas Shorrock, of Leith, Scotland, who, in the 1840s, produced cards showing a jolly face with the caption “A Gude Year […]

Yorkshire’s Secret: Christmas Cake and Cheese.

Photo: The combination of a well matured and baked dark fruit cake accompanied by slices of crumbly piquant cheese is a rare treat not to be missed. The poor fruitcake has gotten a bad rap over the past few decades, and not just a cellophane wrap. People misunderstand its booze-infused density and dank fruitiness, chalking […]

An Irishmen’s view of Christmas in Australia

by Padraig Collins, Ireland has bequeathed much to Australia, from the bloodlines of legends such as Ned Kelly, Thomas Keneally and Paul Keating, to cutting those with overinflated egos down to size (aka the tall poppy syndrome), to much of your humour. But one of the greatest aspects of Irish life – the utter adoration […]

How to eat: Mince Pies.

Christmas is coming and How to Eat is chewing over a mince pie. But hot or cold? Brandy butter or cream? And does it matter which hand you eat it with? Mince pies: don’t mess about with them. Photograph: Magdalena Bujak/Alamy Stock Photo In 1733, the Gentleman’s Magazine carried a short reflection on mince pies […]

Francis and Milo will be doing it rough over Christmas.

London, United Kingdom Francis, 56, from south-west Scotland, and his Staffordshire bull terrier, Milo, sit on Oxford Street. Francis has been rough sleeping in London for eight years after the death of his son and breaking up with his partner. ‘Shit happens in life,’ Francis says. ‘I’ll be right here for Christmas’ Image Credit: Photograph […]

Classic Beauties Dressed for Christmas.

Glamorous Pics of Classic Beauties Dressed Up For Christmas Classic beauty, celebrity and famous people, Christmas fashion and clothing. A selection of holiday and festival, portraits featuring Ann Francis, Betty Grabel to Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly. Here is a set of glamorous pictures that shows classic beauties dressing up for Christmas in the past.   […]

Queen Charlotte introduced the Christmas Tree to Britain in 1800.

For some years it was assumed that Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort had introduced the Christmas Tree into Great Britain. However, that honour rightfully belongs to Queen Charlotte, the German born wife of George III in December of 1800. That year Queen Charlotte planned to hold a large Christmas party for the children of all […]

Fuzzy Christmas Night in Athens.

For quite some time I’ve had the idea to capture the contradictions of life in Athens during the years of the economic crisis, but not in a documentary way. December is a cold month in a mediteranean country intrinsically linked to its warm climate Christmas lights and decorations all over the city streets at Nighttime. […]