The clock strikes of Big Ben announced the end of 2020 and welcomed the start of 2021. The tradition of Big Ben’s chimes on New Year’s Eve dates back to 1923, when for the first time, BBC Radio broadcasted the chimes to the United Kingdom at midnight on 31st December. This tradition dates back to… Read More The history and future of London’s famous clock tower: Big Ben
The 12 Days of Christmas is a song usually learnt in primary school and sticks with you for life. Whether you find the song catchy or annoying… have you ever wondered where the song comes from? Here’s a little run down The 12 Days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology which marks the… Read More Christmas collection: The history of the classic 12 Days of Christmas song
Pulling a Christmas Cracker on Christmas Day is one of the traditional festivities of the day. Laid on the Christmas dinner table next to each plate waiting for two people to see who will win the prize inside. It is now firmly a part of Christmas Day but crackers were not made with this intention…… Read More Christmas collection: The Christmas Cracker, its history and inspiration
The symbolic Christmas time herb, mistletoe, always makes an appearance over the festive period. From mistletoe ornaments, to hanging decorations, to selfies under the mistletoe, it is a tradition that has lasted for centuries. Whilst we all know the custom of kissing under the mistletoe, do we know the history behind it? Let’s have a… Read More Christmas collection: What is the history behind why we kiss under mistletoe at Christmas?