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Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

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Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

Having it’s origin in Wales, U.K - BORTH BEACH SOAPERY celebrates  St. David’s Day this Sunday (3/1). Although this patron saint died in 589 A.D the tradition is still very much alive, and is celebrated extensively within Wales as well as many ‘pockets’ of Welsh activity throughout the World. He was born to Lady Non, a nun at Ty Gwyn near Whitesands Bay. She was very beautiful and attracted the attention of Prince Sandde of Ceredigion who forced himself upon her. This resulted in her pregnancy with a son who would later become St. David. Miracles started happening while Non was...

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FLIPPANT OR FUNNY?

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FLIPPANT OR FUNNY?

Hello friends,  Here’s hoping that as Christmas is behind us, you’re still surrounded by many precious moments, loved ones and family that'll make this a truly special time of the year. BUT, don’t forget the other special occasion that also comes along on the back-end. Each year, towards the beginning of January, it’s not unusual to be asked about any personal aspirations we may have for the coming year! Although many of our answers may range from flippant to funny, simple to serious, the traditions of resolutions span eons of time - even from Babylonian and medieval periods. Did you...

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AMERICAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS WE LOVE!

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AMERICAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS WE LOVE!

  Over the last few weeks we’ve written briefly about Christmas traditions in both Wales U.K., and Southern Africa. Equally interesting are our very own traditions right here in America. And some fun facts about how these came to be.     On a personal note, our first Christmas in America, our new home, although far away from our loved ones, was magical! It was cold – snowflakes – beautiful, ornate, soft, white and fluffy, were falling and it was like nothing we had experienced before. We didn’t have gloves, boots, scarves or coats...we still had to learn about all...

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CRACKERS & PUDDING - A SOUTH AFRICAN CHRISTMAS

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CRACKERS & PUDDING - A SOUTH AFRICAN CHRISTMAS
Although Ray and l we’re born and raised half a world apart, our traditional Christmas customs are amazingly similar....

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TAFFY AND OTHER MEMORIES FROM CHRISTMAS IN WALES

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TAFFY AND OTHER MEMORIES FROM CHRISTMAS IN WALES

At this special time of the year I thought it might be nice to share some of my Welsh memories/traditions with you. One of my favorites was Taffy making and the plygain service. Taffy - This sweet-toothed Welsh Christmas tradition takes place on Christmas eve and was a way to keep busy until the 3 am plygain service began. Families gather together in one home or another, and begin making tasty Christmas day treats for everyone. The tradition began when sweets (candy as we know it here) were a luxury few could afford and the joy of Christmas eve taffy making was born. These sweet treats...

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