Christmas…Traditions, Treats…and Festive Fun!

Christmas Traditions, Treats and Trivia

Welcome it’s time for Christmas Traditions and treats I would like to say a big thank you to all of you that have contributed to this series of posts you all rock so please keep those ideas and images coming.

Did you know??? Neither did I…

Hugh said:  Did you know that Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver? Yes, real silver. Can you imagine how much that would cost to buy? Thank goodness I don’t use the stuff to decorate my Christmas tree anymore. 🎄

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He was absolutely correct…Tinsel, sometimes called icicles or lametta, was first used in the early 1600s in Germany. Back then, it was made of thin strips of real silver. These strips supposedly hung better on branches than modern tinsel and looked great reflecting the light of the candles that were fastened there. The problem with silver, though, was that it tarnishes quickly, so the tinsel’s sheen might not last until Christmas day.


We now come to another version of Silent Night…Stille Nacht which is Darlene’s favourite and one of mine …Darlene is the author of the Amanda book series which would make a lovely stocking filler.


Christmas Jumper Corner:


Come on…Someone must have a picture??? We had two cute dogs last week someone must have a funny/ugly Christmas jumper/socks/hats/pants?


A Christmas tale …What fun they can be…We all love to regale our children and grandchildren with tales from Christmas past…most real, some imagined and we all…Come On…Admit it!

We have all stooped to bribery, corruption or just plain tall tales to make the kiddiwinks BEHAVE!

Forget boring advent calendars….

Icelandic parents enthral their children (and scare) them into being good with tales of the Ogress living in the Icelandic mountains.

She is one scary Mumma, described as half troll/animal and the mother of 13 naughty boys known as the  “Yule Lads”. Grýla lives in the mountains with her husband, her thirteen children and a black cat.

And that cat is pretty scary too….

Old Icelandic folklore states that every Icelander must receive a new piece of clothing for Christmas or they will find themselves in mortal danger. An enormous black cat prowls Iceland on Christmas Eve and eats anyone who doesn’t follow this simple rule. This obnoxious feline is known as the Christmas Cat.


The legend goes that every Christmas, Grýla and her sons come down from the mountains: Grýla in search of naughty children to boil in her cauldron and the boys in search of mischief. She can only capture children who misbehave but those who say sorry must be released.

Wow…that story will get the kiddies hiding under the bed covers.

The husband is not as wicked as her…  but a  bone-idle,  lazy slob.

The boys aka “The Yule” lads are naughty and mischievous and have wonderful names…Oh, what stories you could weave….and what fun you could inject into your stories.


And what funny names they have.. Spoon- Licker is tall and thin. He steals unwashed spoons, which he licks clean.  and Door- Slammer well as the name implies….    Slams doors which are kept ajar at night, keeping people awake.

Icelandic children place a shoe in their bedroom window each evening in the 13 days before Christmas. Every night one Yuletide lad visits, leaving sweets and small gifts or rotting potatoes(Yuk), depending on how a  child has behaved on that day.

I think it’s much better than a boring advent calendar, just think of the tales you can weave and what fun you and the kids could have and such a cool way to keep the little darlings in check.

How about  Sausage -swiper he hides in the rafters to snatch sausages which are hung up for smoking.

Nothing is safe from these wicked boys…


What tales do you tell your children?

I was really lucky…because my youngest believed in Santa Claus until she was about 13 years old…she was much ridiculed by her peers but stood her ground and insisted that she had seen Santa.

Well, she had….She was 3 yrs old and one of my son’s friends asked if he could ( while dressed) up as Santa take a little present upstairs and put it in Laurens stocking.

He was told by me in no uncertain terms ” Do NOT wake her up”

Well, she did wake up..but the clever boy put his fingers to his lips and told her to shhhhhh and go back to sleep or I can’t leave your Christmas presents.

Which she did, from that Christmas onwards for many years she was insistent to all and sundry when they laughed and told her Santa didn’t exist…..That she knew he did because she had seen him…so thank you, Adam, .for keeping a little girls dreams alive!

I wish I had known about the 13 trolls though….


Did you know? Puritan Oliver Cromwell made Christmas illegal in England from 1647-1660, claiming it was immoral to hold a celebration on one of the year’s holiest days.

Did you know? It takes Christmas trees around 15 years to grow to 6-8 feet. There are approximately 30-35 million Christmas trees grown annually.

Did you know? Germans made the very first artificial Christmas trees, using dyed goose feathers to look like needles of a pine or fir-tree.


This weeks Christmas food recipes… These recipes are tried and tested and it is the first time I have put together a menu and it is a vegetarian one as well and made it public I do hope you like it …For the recipes, which were first published on my Wednesday Cookery Column over at Smorgasbord Magazine.



I hope you have enjoyed this Christmas post of Traditions and treats and I would like to thank everyone who has made a contribution I think most bloggers love it when you get some interaction with your posts it makes the time spent very worthwhile so thank you and please if you have any favourite Christmas Tips, recipes anything please share with us xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

26 thoughts on “Christmas…Traditions, Treats…and Festive Fun!

  1. Jennie

    Oh those Yule Lads! They’re so much better than Elf on the Shelf. And that cat is really scary. I never knew that tinsel was once real silver. Great post, Carol. Thank you!

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  2. Hugh's Views and News

    Thanks for the mention again, and for all the interesting information in this post about my favourite time of the year. I love the Christmas tales from Iceland. Who wouldn’t want to be good when you have those monsters roaming around on Christmas Eve. I love the idea of leaving a shoe in the window for 13 nights before Christmas. Can you imagine getting rotting potatoes or, worst still, rotten fish left in your shoe?
    Here’s a Christmas puzzle for you – December 25 – January 5 is referred to as ‘Christmastide’ or ‘Twelve Holy Days’, therefore, why does Twelfth Night fall on January 6? Isn’t that the 13th night?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Isn’t it something to do with the Gregorian calendar? It could be the eve of the 5th..not sure and yes Hugh some of these folk tales are quite scary ..Rotten fish or potaoes is not good is it I don’t know which is worse…lol 🙂

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      1. Hugh's Views and News

        You could be right, Carol. It’s something I always wondered, given that the first day of Christmas is on the 25th.
        Got my Christmas jumper on today as I’m going out to a 70th birthday lunch shortly. I’ll get a photo for you as you’re asking for some of Christmas jumpers.

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Cool..Love it! Hugh, you are becoming a permanent fixture on my traditions and treats…I will check out the 5th/6th and report on Friday as I am not too sure . Enjoy your lunch 😉

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Debby and yes they sure do…Countries like Iceland, Germany,Bulgaria and the like have so many wonderful, colourful and scary traditions. I have fun writing it 🙂 xx

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  4. marianbeaman

    I absolutely love this post, chock full of Christmas goodies. As I type this, I’m listening to Stille Nacht, which my Grandma L. used to sing to us in German. Thanks for all of this, your recipes, etc. I especially appreciated the history of tinsel – wow!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much, Marian ..Stille Nacht is lovely isn’t it? and yes silver tinsel if it wasn’t for Hugh I wouldn’t have known…It is what I love about these posts I am getting a lot of interaction which I love 🙂 Have a lovely weekend 🙂 x


  5. ellenbest24

    I loved this I could have been spoon licker myself many moons ago licking the bowl slurping the spoon as if my life depended on that cake mix. Hahaha! I just read about a nasty German visitor too … what is it with nasties give me Father Christmas every time. Merry Christmas Carol. 💚

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