Back on Thanksgiving I shared my discovery of spiked apple cider with all of you.   I enjoyed the warm an fuzzy feeling that it brought to me, especially the evening of black Friday, after some hectic Christmas shopping.  I wound down in the studio by experimenting with some new techniques at the bench while Jay, my other half, sat at the other end researching and reading aloud about all manner of Christmas traditions and spirits from around the world.  It was fun stuff, much of it surprising.  For instance, have you ever heard of Krampus?  A mean and nasty goat man who travels with Santa to punish the naughty children.  And how about the three witches who ride brooms over Italy dispensing presents.  Does that amount to contract labor? 

     Lucky for all of you Jay has written two fun and informative articles to share his research with!  You can find them on his blog God Drink’s Beer, or by clicking the links below.

Eight Christmas Characters Most Americans Don’t Know

And in tribute to a wonderful cup of warm spiked cider and the traditions associated to Christmas Carols and Wassailing, see below:

Here We Come A-Wassailing; The Roots of a Christmas Tradition

     ” It’s not Christmas without Christmas carols.  Many of our most traditional carols are filled with lyrics and lines that leave the modern caroler bewildered.  One of my favorite holiday tunes is “Here We Come A-Wassailing,” also commonly known as “Here We Come A-Caroling.”  Just what is wassailing?  Is it just an archaic word for Christmas caroling? … To read more, go here: Here We Come A-Wassailing; The Roots of a Christmas Tradition


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