Doing Christmas Right

a list

December 25, 2013 at 12:47pm
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The Fine Feller:

Whiskey Cocktails with Pine Needles.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/12/fine-feller-rye-cider-pine-needle-cocktail-christmas-recipe.html

The Fine Feller:

Whiskey Cocktails with Pine Needles.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/12/fine-feller-rye-cider-pine-needle-cocktail-christmas-recipe.html

December 19, 2013 at 3:51pm
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“There are always beginnings and endings, springs and winters, whether those seasons call to mind the heavenly seasons of creation and restoration or only the human seasons of birth and death. The symbolism of evergreen trees predates Christianity, and the Christmas trees of Eliot’s poem have meaning beyond their religiosity. The cultivation in the poem’s title is not really of trees, but of persons. Joy is born naturally, but it requires tending if it is to last.” 
Casey N. Cep on T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees.”

T.S. Elliott Cultivating Christmas Trees.

theparisreview:

There are always beginnings and endings, springs and winters, whether those seasons call to mind the heavenly seasons of creation and restoration or only the human seasons of birth and death. The symbolism of evergreen trees predates Christianity, and the Christmas trees of Eliot’s poem have meaning beyond their religiosity. The cultivation in the poem’s title is not really of trees, but of persons. Joy is born naturally, but it requires tending if it is to last.” 

Casey N. Cep on T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees.”

T.S. Elliott Cultivating Christmas Trees.

3:50pm
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theparisreview:

“When you think about it, there are not many Christmas-movie heroines. But then, nobody ever put Barbara Stanwyck in a corner.”
Sadie Stein on her favorite Christmas movie, Christmas in Connecticut.

Barbara Stanwick:Christmas in Connecticut

theparisreview:

“When you think about it, there are not many Christmas-movie heroines. But then, nobody ever put Barbara Stanwyck in a corner.”

Sadie Stein on her favorite Christmas movie, Christmas in Connecticut.

Barbara Stanwick:Christmas in Connecticut

December 15, 2013 at 12:32pm
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theatlantic:

The Consequences of Actually Living the 12 Days of Christmas

For a song that’s on heavy rotation in malls and soft-rock stations this time of year, the “Twelve Days of Christmas” has surprisingly mysterious origins.
It was first published in England in 1780 as a nursery rhyme in the book Mirth Without Mischief, but that rendition might have been predated by an even earlier French version. The song wasn’t set to the tune we now know it by (gooooold riiiiiings!) until 1909, by the composer Frederic Austin. A rendition from as late as 1908 includes the lines, “12 bulls a-roaring” and “11 bears a-baiting.” Sweet dreams, kids!
We also don’t know exactly what the song is supposed to mean. Some think it’s a coded way of teaching Catholic children the Catechism. In Mirth Without Mischief, it was intended as a memory game.
At least one theory holds, though, that the “Twelve days of Christmas” paints an image of a joyous festival, in which seven days of feasting on birds are followed by five more of revelrous dancing and leaping. It’s not as weird as you think: Europeans centuries ago ate most of the animals mentioned in the song, including the “golden rings,” which some think refers to pheasants, not jewelry.
That’s the idea I’d like to embrace today, as I attempt to determine what a “Twelve days” feast would actually look like, nutritionally speaking.
Read more. [Image: nicholasputz/Edsel L/State Library of South Australia/Rosie 55/flickr]


12 Days of Christmas

theatlantic:

The Consequences of Actually Living the 12 Days of Christmas

For a song that’s on heavy rotation in malls and soft-rock stations this time of year, the “Twelve Days of Christmas” has surprisingly mysterious origins.

It was first published in England in 1780 as a nursery rhyme in the book Mirth Without Mischief, but that rendition might have been predated by an even earlier French version. The song wasn’t set to the tune we now know it by (gooooold riiiiiings!) until 1909, by the composer Frederic Austin. A rendition from as late as 1908 includes the lines, “12 bulls a-roaring” and “11 bears a-baiting.” Sweet dreams, kids!

We also don’t know exactly what the song is supposed to mean. Some think it’s a coded way of teaching Catholic children the Catechism. In Mirth Without Mischief, it was intended as a memory game.

At least one theory holds, though, that the “Twelve days of Christmas” paints an image of a joyous festival, in which seven days of feasting on birds are followed by five more of revelrous dancing and leaping. It’s not as weird as you think: Europeans centuries ago ate most of the animals mentioned in the song, including the “golden rings,” which some think refers to pheasants, not jewelry.

That’s the idea I’d like to embrace today, as I attempt to determine what a “Twelve days” feast would actually look like, nutritionally speaking.

Read more. [Image: nicholasputz/Edsel L/State Library of South Australia/Rosie 55/flickr]

12 Days of Christmas

11:01am
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Cider-Glaze Turkey with Lager Gravy — classic via #foodandwinemagazine: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cider-glazed-turkey-with-lager-gravy

Cider-Glaze Turkey with Lager Gravy — classic via #foodandwinemagazine: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cider-glazed-turkey-with-lager-gravy

10:53am
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Christmas Reading list, part 1:
Clarke Blaise

Christmas Reading list, part 1:

Clarke Blaise

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10:52am
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Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate

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10:15am
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wine from big -bulb glasses. Or the bottle. Its been stressful.

wine from big -bulb glasses. Or the bottle. Its been stressful.

December 4, 2013 at 7:41pm
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Grilled cheese on Christmas Eve

Grilled cheese on Christmas Eve

7:32pm
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Bourbon manhattan with Lapsang Souchong

Bourbon manhattan with Lapsang Souchong