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At Christmas We Feast: Festive Food Through the Ages

By Annie Gray

Published 2021

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Cassell’s Dictionary of Cookery, 189294

Drinking too much and behaving like a hooligan is one of the most time-honoured rituals of Christmas, pre-dating the Christianisation of the winter festivities by several centuries. Hot spiced alcoholic drinks weren’t unduly common in the centuries when wassail was a large part of celebrations, and even if the