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K. Kris Hirst


By December 24, 2012

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Over the past couple of decades, the ancient ritual of feasting has become an intense focus of interest for archaeologists: and certainly this week, feasting is of more than normal interest to many modern people today.

Old Fezziwig Dancing, from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Old Fezziwig dances in this frontispiece image from the 1899 edition of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books (Charles Scribner's Sons, New York).

Feasting is when two or more people sit down to share the consumption of an elaborate, special meal, for any one of a number of reasons: to pay debts, gain allies, honor ones ancestors, celebrate rites of passage like weddings, and communicate with gods. The oldest feast we know about took place nearly 12,000 years ago!

  • But that's only part of the story.... read more about Feasting
  • And be sure to celebrate the season in whatever form suits you best!


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