While I could eat pancakes every day of the year, they hold a special place on the calendar. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday is a Christian celebration just before Lent which takes place on a different day each year leading up to Easter. Shrove is the past tense of shrive, … [Read more...] about Why do we have Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
Even if you have a beloved to share Valentine's Day with, you can always get mileage out of the day with Galentines festivities. It can be quick and easy to pull together an event for Downton fans, namely an afternoon tea. British cuisine has endured a great deal of bad press, … [Read more...] about Galentine’s Day Tea Party
On January 25, Scots around the world celebrate the birth of famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns. You know at least one poem, “Auld Lang Syne’ which we sing on New Year’s Eve, written in 1788. Traditional Burns Suppers are often held the weekend before or after his actual … [Read more...] about Celebrate the Scottish Bard Robert Burns on January 25th
It took some time before cocktails were served at grand country houses. You may recall that Mary once warned Sir Richard: “I could ask Carson to make one for you, but I can’t guarantee the result.” It wasn't until Season 5 when Rose brought the cocktail party to … [Read more...] about Toast Your Favorite Downton Characters on New Years Eve
While Christmas in North America is a month long buildup of festivities, reflecting a melting pot of religious, cultural and secular traditions, New Years is more of an after thought, one last party before getting back to business. In Scotland however, Christmas is a low key … [Read more...] about The Downton Year Ends with Hogmanay