Have You Read The Christmas Goblin Yet?

Last month, I released my new ebook – a short(ish) Christmas children’s story. During a regular bout of spring insomnia earlier this year, a flea I had in my ear for many years about two children in their room on Christmas Eve, on a planet far away. Back then, it was going to be a … Continue reading Have You Read The Christmas Goblin Yet?

How You Can Support Independent Sellers This Christmas

Over the last few years, there has been a movement in retail trends imploring consumers to have an #IndieChristmas – buying Christmas presents from places other than big business and to prioritise independent sellers. For many of us, the go-to place is Amazon. I’m not going to call for you to boycott them for any … Continue reading How You Can Support Independent Sellers This Christmas

What Have the Victorians Ever Done For Christmas?!

Quite a lot, actually. In fact, we could say that modern Christmas is almost entirely the invention of these stoic death-obsessed ancestors. The Tudors, our medieval and Roman ancestors certainly had their part to play, the festive season wouldn’t be what it is without the Victorian pioneers, particularly Prince Albert and Charles Dickens.

Why Freelancers NEED To Take Time Off

Welcome to another New Year! I hope 2017 turns out to be better than your 2016 whether it was good or bad. 2016 was certainly a year of changes. we had two political shocks. First, The United Kingdom voted to leave the EU and Donald Trump won a shock Presidential election. Post-truth became OED’s Word … Continue reading Why Freelancers NEED To Take Time Off

Angel’s Mass: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Below is an excerpt from my Christmas ghost story Angel’s Mass from the volume Herrenvolk and Other Stories. It is 1345 and the story is of young Brother Edmund of Tintern Abbey (south Wales) woken in the early hours of Christmas Eve by a ghostly voice calling him to the newly built church. What is … Continue reading Angel’s Mass: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Have Yourself a Tudor Little Christmas – All About Tudor Food

Following on from my hugely popular Saturnalia and medieval Christmas posts of recent years (both of which followed on from a post on Roman Street Food), I’m jumping forward again. This time, we go to those flamboyant and merry Tudors. Although we in England tend to associate Christmas with the Victorians, the Tudors certainly knew … Continue reading Have Yourself a Tudor Little Christmas – All About Tudor Food

Media and the Manufactured “War on Christmas”

I am no great fan of modern media. I have been intensely critical in previous posts, particularly on science reporting. This time of year, one particular story breaks on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s a contrived non-story designed to stir up fear with headlines like “Christmas is Banned”.

The Christmas I was A Victim of Violence from a Christmas Pudding

I felt a bit out of place for Christmas anecdotes until this year. I made my way to lovely Falmouth in lovely Cornwall to be with my lovely lady and her parents for the Christmas break. This year, I decided to go all out. Several presents were food-related and home made and I decided to … Continue reading The Christmas I was A Victim of Violence from a Christmas Pudding

Happy Christmastide – A Look at Medieval Christmas Food

Last year, I wrote a blog post on Saturnalia and Roman festive food. I mentioned in the comments that I hoped to write an article on medieval Christmas food as a companion piece. A year later and here it is! Hmm, should I perhaps aim to do a Tudor and a Victorian one this year … Continue reading Happy Christmastide – A Look at Medieval Christmas Food

The Xmas Debate

If there’s one thing that gets Christians riled up, it’s the apparent war on Christmas. I’ve discussed that at my other blog here and here. One of the complaints most commonly heard is replacing Christmas with Xmas. Christ is, quite literally, being taken out of Christmas. But is this part of the secular agenda, or … Continue reading The Xmas Debate