Tag Archives: Christmas

New Forest: autumn activity, tradition and festival

Autumn is always a busy season for farmer, smallholder and commoner alike. It is also a time of ritual, tradition, and festival that reminds us of our connection to the natural or, indeed, supernatural world. Michaelmas, which signals the end … Continue reading

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New Forest: cows, co-operation and community

The Christmas-to-New-Year holiday period is a great time for catching up with friends and family and for spending quality time in their company. There is generally lots of feasting and merry-making to be done, which is often accompanied by generous … Continue reading

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New Forest: celebrating a Victorian Christmas

The traditions of Christmas that many of us enjoy, such as sending Christmas cards, bringing fir trees into our homes and decorating them, and eating turkey, were not observed prior to the nineteenth century. Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert, … Continue reading

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New Forest: harvesting holly for Christmas.

Last month (posted December 2015), as I made my way into the New Forest to check on my ponies, I came across several contractors harvesting holly for the Christmas trade. This winter activity has long been a legitimate part of … Continue reading

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New Forest Boxing Day Point-to-Point 2013

Boxing Day was a fine sunny morning as we set off for Wilverley (December 2013). Excellent conditions for racing! The New Forest Point-to-Point is promoted as being the only authentic race of its kind in the country, as it is … Continue reading

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Christmas on the New Forest

With Christmas fast approaching I have been thinking about some of the Forest traditions and folklore connected to the festive season. The idea was sparked during a recent visit to check the stock, when I saw a man harvesting holly … Continue reading

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