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[dropcap]A[/dropcap] Shakespearean survival guide to the holidays has been posted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, on Buzzfeed. Did you eat too much at the holiday table, as I usually do? Never fear–friends are there to help!

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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or 25 years, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and museum has been featuring Christmas trees of a different theme each year.  In honor of President Hoover’s fondness for the Bard, this year’s tree theme is William Shakespeare. There are twenty trees, one decorated for the playwright himself, and nineteen themed for individual plays. The exhibit is up until January 4th.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s a fun post called “Christmas in Shakespeare’s Time” over at Onstage. It has a lovely breakdown of some of the rather odd-sounding foodstuffs that were part of Christmas celebrations in the early modern era. These feasts would begin on Dec 25, rather than end on the 25th, as we tend to do now. I suggest we celebrate these in a Shakespearean manner by blowing right past New Year’s dieting plans, feasting all the way! I’m going to skip the boar’s head, but some wassail would be lovely.

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ver at Finding Shakespeare, there’s a recipe for a Twelfth Night Christmas cake, if you want to get started on your baking. The first version listed serves 160 people, so perhaps check your portion sizes before having a go.

Sara Keeth

Author Sara Keeth

Sara Keeth is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her current project is on maternal representation in Shakespeare's English history plays. She takes Shakespeare jokes very, very seriously.

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