What Christmas beverage is also known as “milk punch?” So my initial thought was egg nog, but egg nog has egg in it, and no one can mix that up with anything but Egg nog. Right? I mean it’s pretty distinctive in its taste because… eggs. It’s like a liquid custard. By the way, dear reader, I love me some egg nog — with or without the booze. I mean given the chance, I’ll drink egg nog all day and night. But it is thick and rich and while I love the taste of it, my stupid gut does not. I looked it up though, and milk punch is described as an “eggless egg nog. ” So… yeah. How can you have egg nog without the eggs??? >_< Heathens. Whatever, more egg nog for me. 😛
Before becoming tied up with Christmas what was Yule? If I remember my lore correctly, Yule is the celebration of the Winter Solstice. People who celebrated Yule would bring out the Yule log on the day of the Winter Solstice and burn in in the middle of the village and hopefully it would burn throughout the entire darkness of the night (the longest night of the year). The small log that you see in the picture (provided by Melanie) is symbolic of the traditional Yule log. There was also the Yule tree, which we in modern day society have adopted into our own holiday season, which they traditionally decorated to (if I remember correctly) call back the sun. The tree was once a community thing — much like the log, and not something people brought into their homes. Of course, my memory isn’t what it used to be, so I could be remember it all wrong. Hold on, I’ll look it up. Okay so I was partly right. I’m thinking of the modern day pagan interpretation of Yule. 🙂 Hey, pagans are just as prone to adopting and bastardizing things to their way as anyone else. Ha!
Stollen is the traditional fruit cake of which country? I want to say Germany? Maybe Poland? Sweden? Dammit. I’ll have to look this one up too. 😛 Okay, originally it was made in Germany… and according to the linked website, it wasn’t that tasty to begin with. 🙂 I’ve had modern day stollen and it’s pretty good. But I love me some fruit cake, the kind you make with… I wanna say bourbon? in it. Yeah, and let it age. Fruit cake that ages, and will keep for up to a year. I’ve made that kind of fruit cake before and it was gooood. I’m just weird like that, dear reader. I mean, I like mincemeat pie too (or as it’s called today “mince pie”) I’ll eat that all day and night too. But, since I’m usually the only one around who likes these things, I often don’t get to have them, because if I make fruit cake, it will have to last the whole year… I mean I can’t eat an entire fruit cake in one sitting. You know? Same with mince pie. And egg nog? I love egg nog, but have to have it in small quantities and it usually goes off before I can finish it. Sucks rocks, but there it is.
In what century was the first written use of Xmas? So I’ve seen people have flame wars over this in comment sections because ignorant people get upset at other people for taking the “Christ out of Christmas” when X is actually not taking the Christ out of Christmas it’s symbolic for Christ. — The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which in English is “Christ”. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass. (lifted straight from Wikipedia because they explain it nicely). If people wanna get in an uproar about something, maybe they should be mad that English speakers are mixing up Greek and Latin in the same word. As for what century (I misread the question, sorry!) Looks like it was used as early as the 1700’s. And again, I totally had to look that up.
The modern Santa Claus is mainly a mix of what two figures? I’m totally not gonna look this one up because I’m pretty sure I know this one. Saint Nickolas (Sinterklaus) and the Coca Cola mascot that was created around the saintly figure to embody the more secular nature of Christmas in the 1920s. The adversiting agencies really took that image and ran with it, and we’ve never looked back, have we? There’s also a bit of Father Christmas thrown in. I’m pretty sure that’s where the gift giving and reindeer came from. I’m almost certain St. Nickolas didn’t have reindeer, but Father Christmas did. I dunno. I used to know, but my since my kids have grown and gone, I really haven’t cared too much about St. Nick and Santa Clause. And no, the furbabies don’t count in this regard. Christmas comes and goes like any other day and they are none the wiser.
Finally, What do you have to be grateful for as 2018 ends? The same things I’m always grateful for. I have a husband who loves me, food on my table, a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and honestly, I’m okay. The fact that I can sit here and write these blogs is simply awesome. Twenty years ago it wouldn’t have been a thing. Thirty years ago, it was unheard of. When I was a kid, it was the stuff of science fiction. But here we are. And I am constantly awed and amazed at how far we’ve come in my lifetime. But you know what, dear reader? So long as I have the bare necessities, I’m okay. I like having a good computer and the ability to make blog posts (and play video games) but I’ve had less — a lot less. So I’m grateful for what I have. Someone once said a while back, “Happiness lies not in having what you want, but wanting what you have.” And I have what I want, and I want what I have. So, I’m pretty happy right now. Knock on wood.
And with that thought in mind:
Also, I forgot to link this to Melanie’s site: