Will the Real Father Christmas Please Stand Up?

Saturnalia by Antoine Callet. CC0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32008455

From midwinter feasting at Neolithic British sites like Durrington Walls, to the Haloa of Ancient Greece and the Norse Yule celebration, humans have always needed a reminder during the depths of winter of light, community and the promise of good things to come.

‘Folklore’? What do you Mean? And Why?

Laying a wreath at the grave of William John Thoms © Paul Cowdell

You’re obviously already interested enough to know what folklore is, right? Yet the more we look at folklore, the less confident we can be about straightforward certainties.

Fairies in a Flat Landscape: the Fairylore of Suffolk

By Rod Bacon, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13883142

Suffolk might seem the very last place to look for fairylore; after all, most of us have grown up with the idea that belief in the fairies flourishes in wild, untamed places, and specifically in the ‘Celtic’ areas of the British Isles – Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Ireland.

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