Halloween is barely over and we are already talking about Christmas, it always seems earlier and earlier each year! But here are a couple things to look forward to including a sustainable leap by one big brand, a Scandi feast and a look back in the Christmas past of an English writer.
IKEA's Christmas Feast
"On 13 December, the furniture chain is hosting a buffet in celebration of Santa Lucia – one of the biggest events in the Swedish calendar. According to Ikea, the festival is used ‘to coincide with the longest night of the year, which is why it’s celebrated to this day with candlelit processions’. In terms of the food, you can expect a variety of hearty, Swedish fare, such as boiled Christmas ham, meatballs (of course), herring, marinated salmon, potatoes, eggs, variations of cabbage, crispbread, cheese, and gingerbread."
A cracking change
"With just over two months to go until the big day, The John Lewis Partnership, which owns both John Lewis and Waitrose, has revealed that its Christmas crackers will no longer feature plastic items. In a move towards sustainability, the group has announced that the festive trinkets featured within will be made from recyclable paper or metal going forward. Plastic glitter will also be removed from the material that is used to wrap the crackers – which will be embossed with festive motifs instead – and from the own-brand Christmas gift wrapping by two-thirds across the range."
Charles Dickens and the Victorian Christmas feast
"Simon Callow explores Charles Dickens’s depiction of the Christmas feast and investigates the origins of England’s festive culinary traditions. Charles Dickens’s conception of Christmas is fundamentally connected to the idea of feasting, which is profoundly expressive of the human happiness that he believed the festival should promote. It plugs directly into the medieval and pagan idea of defying the evil forces apparently overtaking nature, as well as a storing-up of resources to face the wintery fight ahead."