Have a Very Happy Spidery Christmas!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

A Gathering of Krampuses

Thursday, 8 December 2016

What is the collective noun for Krampuses? And while we're at it, what is the accurate plural form of 'Krampus'?

Anyway, that aside... For the last two years Family Green have spent New Year skiing in Alpendorf, in the Austrian Tyrol. This photograph was taken this week as the town prepared for Krampusnacht on Monday.


Running into that lot on Monday night would have been a hair-raising experience!

You can find out more about Krampus and his habits in Christmas Explained: Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts.

Wait, Who's Coming To Town?!?

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Holy Night, Hipster Night

Tuesday, 22 November 2016


Yes, this is actually a thing. And not a spoof but a thing you can buy - for $129.99!

If you want to find out more about the Hipster Nativity Set - which today’s Millennials can relate to with its man-bunned Joseph taking a selfie and Starbucks-toting Mary - then click this link.

The Christmas Litmus Test

Sunday, 20 November 2016


It's August so Happy Christmas!

Saturday, 6 August 2016


On Monday, Selfridges, in London, revealed their ‘summer Christmas shop’ – and it’s covered in festive cheer.

Almost the entirety of the Oxford Street store’s forth floor has been transformed into a ‘Shine on’ winter wonderland with 50,000 decorations on display.

The eager store has claimed that the 2016 opening is the world’s earliest, and it will be further expanded in autumn.

To read more about this story, click this link.

Christmas Explained, from A(dvent) to Z(oophagous)

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It's 1st December again, the night's have drawn in, there's a distinct chill in the air, and what better way is there to prepare yourself for the coming of Christmas than to dip into Christmas Explained - Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts every day in Advent.


You'll discover all sorts of fascinating Yuletide facts, including the origins of the Advent calendar, the origins of Yule, and the origins of the traditional family pantomime.

Christmas Explained is available now from Snowbooks (appropriately enough) and via Amazon.

Oh, and if you'll able to (and up early enough), why not tune in to BBC Radio Wiltshire this morning between 8.00am and 8.30am, when I will be making an 'appearance' on Ben Prater's show?

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen!

 
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