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A Shakespearean Christmas

Queen Elizabeth at Christmas

Queen Elizabeth at Christmas

 I  love this time of year, the singing, the games, the cooking. Many of the things we enjoy today were also enjoyed by Shakespeare, though in different forms…and their Christmases back then ran from Christmas Eve on the 24th all the way to Epiphany on January 6th, hence “the twelve days of Christmas.”

There were many games that were played during this time, and Shakespeare’s Globe in London has been kind enough to compile a list of some favorite Shakespearean games (personally, I don’t recommend “hot cockels,” it sounds more violent than truly enjoyable, but if you want to play after reading the description, go right ahead).

Another thing that can’t be overlooked when speaking about Christmas is the food. Now, here is something where our tastes and the tastes of the Elizabethans differed greatly at times, but there are still some tasty treats that you can make if you wish to bring some Shakespeare into your holiday. Recipes are linked below.

For a sweet: Leech (it really is a sweet, not the bloodsucker)

A traditional Christmas Pudding

Here’s something familiar! Gingerbread!

What would Christmas be without some Mulled Wine or Wassail?

And here’s a more modern (and more appetizing, considering the original used animal innards while this just uses sugar, eggs and vanilla)version of Humble Pie.

I’ll be posting some more, but please do enjoy this in the meantime, and let me know if you try any of these recipes or if you have your own versions in the comments.

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