Having enjoyed 5 Christmases in the United States since 2008, I have come to find that there are many aspects of Yuletide that are so subtly different from those of my homeland.
To this very day it is traditional to kiss underneath a sprig of mistletoe during the festivities of the Christmas season. Growing up in Birmingham it was as traditional as getting a freshly cut Christmas tree.
Readers, proceed with caution! Here I attempt a run down, in no particular order, my favourite British sweets that are popular at Christmas.
Over the last year we’ve celebrated 50 years of James Bond from the men that created him to the men who became Bond. We’ve admired his style. We’ve met the people who fought by his side, the women he has loved and the villains he has fought, we’ve lusted over the cars he has driven […]
Hello! Fat Englishman here… To any Briton living in America, Thanksgiving comes as something of a bonus holiday – an unexpected break and a mighty feast that unleashes the full and unabashed run-up to Christmas (or “The Holidays” as it is more commonly referred to here in order to be politically correct.)
Few edibles signify the Christmas holidays more than the beloved mince pie. But have you ever considered how the tradition of eating them at the most festive time of year came into being? Consider no more, as writer P.S. Gifford fills us all in. One of my favorite memories of Christmases of my youth, in […]
The following is a guest post. Every hero needs a theme song and James Bond has probably the most recognizable theme song in the world, when you hear that ‘Dum di-di dum dum’ – there’s no mistaking whom it belongs to.It was Monty Norman that composed the James Bond theme but it was John Barry […]
The following is a guest post. Fifty years ago, the BBC had a scheduling problem that really hasn’t changed in five decades. What can you schedule on Saturday evening that won’t lose the afternoon sports crowd or alienate the teens for whom night programming is geared?
The following is a guest post. Christmas crackers are a fixture on every Christmas dinner table in Britain. But have you ever stopped to consider why?