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Some days the weather reflects the mood, but the greyness will drift away and the green trees and blue skies will visible.But not right now.

Christmas in Wales (according to the BBC) / Mrs Beeton


The BBC - Wales - Christmas site is pretty nice, especially:
And if you want to add a Welsh Christmas phrase to your cards, try BBC - Catchphrase - Welsh Greetings (these Welsh Christmas links aren't too shabby either)

Can't say any of the traditions or superstitions stick out in my mind although I do have a particular need for certain 'Christmas' food and things-to-happen for it to be Christmas Day and not just another day off from work. Interesting how I'm perpetuating the northern hemisphere food tradition of "hot food" (particularly the roast with chicken and all the trimmings) in the height of summer. I s'pose we will combine the chicken thing with the salad/BBQ thing over the years and it'll all work out to be "our tradition".

The wider BBC Christmas site holds a stack of very cool links - stands outs for me were:

Image hosted by Photobucket.comNice to see Mrs Beeton on the list and being linked to. I've got an early copy of Mrs Beeton's, The Book of Household Management ('Mrs B's' as it's know to all and sundry - Wikipedia entry) and have been educating Liz about her as it's not something Kiwi's have at all. If you don't know about Mrs B then I urge you to find a copy no matter how old (well, the later the better) as it's a wonder of publishing really. From the original preface (1861):
Comprising Information for the
Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and under house-maids, LadyƂ’s-maid, Maid-of-all-work, Laundry-maid, Nurse and nurse-maid, Monthly, wet, and sick nurses, etc. etc.

also, sanitary, medical, & legal memoranda;

with a history of the origin, properties, and uses of all things connected with home life and comfort.

Yep, it covers everything. As I said, the version I have is dated 1980, published by Ward Lock Limited (bought by Philip Sturrock of Continuum International Publishing Group) called Mrs Beeton's Cookery and Household Management. Is there a more up-to-date version?


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