15/11/2017 Comfort and Joy from the Lizard

Our beautiful cottages are ready to welcome you this Winter, and what could be better than a truly Cornish Christmas and New Year by the sea! Known here as Nadelik, Christmas has always been important to the communities of our fair county. Traditionally this season was associated with carolling, gin and cake (mmm), illuminating church spires, dancing and plays. In particular Saint George and the Turkish Knight was a favourite. Just like the rest of England, the Cornish love to bring the outside in. Making what is known as a Cornish Bunch with holy, ivy and mistletoe. This was normally suspended from the ceiling with a red candle inside and an apple on top!

A Cornish Christmas to me feels all cosy and family filled. We may think that today is a fast paced world, but this little extract from The Falmouth & Penryn Weekly Times from 1880 shows this feeling is nothing new!

‘As our little periodical reaches the homes of our readers, the sounds of Christmas preparations will be predominant. It is not easy to make the festive season an old fashioned one. We go so fast now, what with our electric telegraph, our telephonic connection, our steam, we cannot, if we would be quite to awfully old fashioned. Still we try our best. We hang the mistletoe and decorate our houses with the holly, the fir, myrtle, laurel etc and sit before and around the biggest fire we can manage on our hearths and while toasting our toes we toast each other and wish present and absent friends – A MERRY CHRISTMAS. – Pendennis.’

It seems we have always needed that slowing down and time to pause, our version of the Danish ‘hygge'. These days a Christmas and New Year in Cornwall can be as bustling and busy or as quiet and serene as you want it to be. With the famous Christmas lights in Mousehole and markets galore there is plenty to see and do. It is the 9th December for Christmas Lights Switch On in our village of Coverack starting at 6.30pm. There will be Christmas trees, a lantern procession, and of course Father Christmas in his sleigh! Traditional carols and hot refreshments to keep you cosy. On the grand day itself the very brave take to the sea for the Coverack Christmas Day Swim!! All for a good cause, and many get involved for this much loved event.

The winter season in Cornwall has its own brand of magic, wonderfully peaceful, you get to see the real Cornwall just like a local. The most stunning beaches are yours to explore uninterrupted, cliff-top walks are things of beauty, watching the sun set beyond the horizon. And after all that fresh air slip into a local pub and enjoy some hearty food and good local ale.

Our cottages really are homes from home, we have everything you need to really enjoy that quality time together. Thick Cornish stone walls wrap round you like a warming hug, the log fire crackles as you watch the waves from the comfort of your cottage. Winter is the time to come and visit a different, more romantic Cornwall.

We hope to be able to welcome you soon, and perhaps wish you Nadelik Lowen ha Blydhen Nowydh Da.

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