Christmas was born along the Elbe (part 5: characters and music)

Christkindl at the Nurnberg Christmas market The explosion of the Tambora volcano, in 1815, had remarkable effects on the climate: a case of temporary global cooling. But here I want to depart from climate analysis which is more typical of this blog and look at a single consequence of that event: the composition of the […]

Christmas was born along the Elbe (part 5: characters and music)

Christmas was born along the Elbe (part 6: the food)

The Dresden stollen Advent calendars are now everywhere, filled with goodies or toys of all sorts. The first printed calendar is from the press of Gerhard Lang, a German priest who wanted to create an easy way to share what had been the delight from his childhood: his mother had created a fabric with little […]

Christmas was born along the Elbe (part 6: the food)