Christmas Wishes, Dickens' Manuscript, Magical Snowscapes & More: Endnotes 24 December

Christmas Wishes, Dickens' Manuscript, Magical Snowscapes & More: Endnotes 24 December

Friday, 24 December, 2021

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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From our house in Prague to your homes all over the place, we wish you a very happy, holly jolly, oh-so-merry holiday. Rest assured that we’re cozied up with good books, an enormous box of chocolates, bottomless cups of tea, and only the comfiest clothes. Tonight is Jólabókaflóðið, and we’re taking our relaxation very seriously.

  • Quiz: How much do you know about the world’s Christmas traditions?

  • The Morgan Library in New York City has the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol online, so you can see the master’s handwriting and cross-outs in all their 19th-century glory.

  • Related: Town & Country explains how A Christmas Carol became a classic. ‘England had been in something of a Christmas hangover before Dickens’ shimmering little chronicle changed everything. Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads, Scrooges all, had banned any celebration of the holiday in the 1600s; the subsequent advent of the Industrial Revolution kept factories humming with nary a thought for yuletide… it wasn’t until A Christmas Carol, published in a slim leather-brown volume with gilt pages and color illustrations in 1843, that the jollification of the season took root.’

  • In addition to chocolate, we’ll be enjoying a retro cheeseball, a tangy combo of cream cheese, blue cheese, and cheddar cheese rolled in dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and minced parsley. This one also sounds delicious.

  • Is it wrong that I’m oddly tempted to make this, just for the spectacle?! (Get more shockingly horrific but oddly compelling retro Christmas recipes right here.)

 illustration of oscar mayer christmas tree decorated with meat products

elaborate hairdo decorated with christmas balls

 

May you, too, wear something silly on your head as soon as possible.

Top image courtesy of AnastasiaNess/Shutterstock.

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