If you drop by this blog over the next couple of weeks and think it's been a while since it's been updated, have no fear, I haven't given up blogging. It's just that I'm off on holiday for a couple of weeks and won't have access to the Internet. So play nice while I'm away and remember, if you break anything you pay for it. ;-)
It's not just the drink of wizards from the world of Harry Potter. As it turns out, Butterbeer is actually a genuine Tudor recipe and one that's perfect to bring a bit of seasonal cheer to any festive occasion.
Did you know that turkeys don't originally come from Turkey?
No, they actually come from Mexico. The confusion arose due to the fact that they were introduced into central Europe by Turkish merchants.
Just to add to the confusion, because America had been discovered by explorers seeking an alternative route to India and the East, other nations named the bird assuming it was of Indian descent.
In France the turkey was called coq d'Inde, (now corrupted to dindon). In Italy, turkey was galle d'India, in Germany the name was indianische henn, while throughout the Ottoman Empire it was called the hindi.
If you have had a wander round the Christmas Miscellany blog, you might have spotted the Christmas tree Christmas countdown in the right-hand column.
Now, what makes this particular countdown to Christmas widget so special is that it is entirely customizable. You can choose everything from the colour of the decoration on the top to the colour of the lights and baubles right down to whether there are presents under the tree or not.
So if you would like to customize your own Christmas blog countdown, click here.
If you click on the link at the top of the right hand column you will be whisked away to my Christmas Store, which in time I hope will come to rival Santa's grotto itself.
So remember to check back from time to time to see what has been added to my Aladdin's cave of goodies - the latest Christmas must-have toys and seasonal gifts - and take the stress out of Christmas shopping this year thanks to the Christmas Miscellany blog.
In the States (and anywhere ex-pat Americans gather in any number) Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
For those of you who might be wondering, it's a book about the Christmas traditions which we all take for granted, and partake in every year, without necessarily knowing why.
Through this blog, as well as keeping you up to date with any developments regarding Christmas Miscellany, I will also be publishing unique content linked to the book, and posting other snippets of festive cheer.
To get a better idea of what you'll find inside the book, here's the blurb that Skyhorse Publishing have put out.
Wouldn't it be great to understand all our Christmas traditions? Here, Jonathan Green offers the fascinating history behind our most beloved holiday traditions. For example, myrrh is incense made from the resin of a North African bush and was a special gift during biblical times. To the Romans, mistletoe was a symbol of fertility, so today we are encouraged to kiss when it is near. The Yule log was originally used to brighten homes during the dark, cold Scandinavian Christmas season.
Packed with all manner of delightful surprises and delicious morsels, A Christmas Miscellany demystifies the origins of familiar festive customs such as caroling and Christmas cards, and entertains with fun, little-known facts. This is the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the curious-minded during the holiday season.
That's it for now, but I hope to see you here again soon. So until next time...
Jonathan Green lives and works in London, in the UK. He has written numerous popular books for children – everything from Sonic the Hedgehog to Doctor Who. He has also written science fiction and fantasy novels for adults, as well as a number of non-fiction titles. He loves the holiday season.