Tag: tradition

December 20, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Bauble Roman tradition to hang fruit on trees led to Christmas baubles.  Apples, candy canes & pastry stars, hearts & flowers decorated trees until glass baubles were invented in mid-16th c. in Lauscha, Germany.  Queen Victoria’s tree, hung with baubles from her husband’s native Germany, appeared in a London newspaper & set off a trend.  FW…

December 17, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Outdoor lights Outdoor lights symbolise the Christmas season.  Evolved from 17th c German tradition of lighting the tree with small candles. 1880 – 1st outdoor electric light display by Thomas Edison.  2 years later, his colleague, Edward Johnson made the 1st string of  lights, with 80 small bulbs.  Outdoor Christmas lights spark joy – &…

June 28, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Tent Great business success can come even from shows in a tent!  Glastonbury 1971 – 1st pyramid stage on Stonehenge leyline, made of scaffolding covered in plastic sheets, as a retort to over-commercialized festivals.  Follows medieval Summer Solstice tradition of music, dance, poetry, theatre, lights & spontaneous entertainment.  Tickets sell out in >1 hour each…

April 5, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Lent Spring-time fasts (Lent) and feasts (Mothering Sunday) offer business opportunities. Hot cross buns remain Britain’s most popular seasonal bake since medieval times (5th to 15th c), although the cross was originally slashed into the dough, rather than piped on.  Simnel cake, with 11 marzipan balls on top, links to when folks made a pilgrimage…

December 17, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Turkey Turkey became affordable in the 1950sPreviously goose, chicken or beef were the roasts of choice.  87% of Brits think Christmas is not the same without a traditional roast turkey. Top 3 popular ways to serve leftover turkey: sandwich, soup/stew, salad.  King Henry VIII was the 1st person to eat turkey on Christmas day Guessed the…

October 15, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Afternoon tea A quintessential British pastime since the 1800s to fill the break between breakfast & dinner.  Traditional menu – finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, teas – can be given a modern twist to reflect art, fashion or other cuisines.  For business or pleasure, “there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to…

September 24, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Retire Who wants to live to 100? A 99 year-old! Retirement can be 30+ years, so pensions need to last.  UK now has 15,000 centenarians, eligible for a 100th Birthday card from the Queen, following a Royal tradition since 1917 Guessed the Word?         Series 30 (3/4)         [pic: Buckingham Palace]

December 22, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Novelty The human novelty bias makes us think the new is somehow more relevant.  What’s really important is the patterns that have held true for generations Guessed the Word?        Series 15 (1/3)          [photo: jackmac34]