The Weather outside is WONDERFUL! The Sky’s are blue, the air is crisp and Christmas is just around the corner. Colonial Williamsburg is in full swing with all their street corner fires and holiday fruit adorning the door ways.
At Christmas play and make cheer
For Christmas comes but once a year
Good bread and good drink, a good fire in the hall
Brawn, pudding and souse, and good mustard withall:
Beef, mutton and pork, shred pies of the best:
Pig, veal, goose and capon and turkey well drest:
Cheese, apples and nuts, jolly carols to hear,
As then in the country is counted good cheer.
Thomas Tusser (c. 1520-1580)
Christmas is come, hang on the pot,
Let spits turn round, and ovens be hot;
Beef, pork, and poultry, now provide
To feast thy neighbors at this tide;
Then wash all down with good wine and beer,
And so with mirth conclude the Year.
Virginia Almanac (Royle) 1765
These two poems, written Century’s and miles apart, show that Christmas was kept much the same in mid-18th-century Virginia as it was in late 16th-century England.
While in Williamsburg celebrating your holiday, stay with us at Colonial Gardens in one of our rooms or suites