E-resources Advent Calendar Window 5: Christmas at the Poles

Learn about Christmases past at the top and toe of the globe, via Cambridge’s access to Arctic & Antarctic regions database.

We found McCorristine, S., & Mocellin, J. S. P. (2016). Christmas at the Poles: emotions, food, and festivities on polar expeditions, 1818-1912. Polar Record52(5), 562–577. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247416000437 and could link seamlessly using the Full Text via LibKey Link to the iDiscover record for the article that informed us we have full text access to the article on the Cambridge University Press journals website.

“The lack of appropriate food at Christmas time could cause hungry crews to fantasise about feasts and delicacies. Pemmican was generally disliked on travelling parties for being bland and monotonous. Belcher reported that those who refused to take it were only induced to do so by large amounts of onion powder and cayenne pepper (Belcher Reference Belcher1855, II: 287). Living off pemmican, George Back’s exploring group cheated themselves ‘into as much mirth at the fancied sayings and doings of our friends at home, as if we had partaken of the roast beef and plum pudding’ (Back Reference Back1836: 219).”

Pemmican ball, Jen Arrr, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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