It seems only natural that we should celebrate National Egg Nog Day on Christmas Eve. There is no other drink so associated with the holidays as egg nog. You can make it yourself, you can buy it in a store and you can add a little whiskey or cognac, or both, for the adults in your crowd. It’s become a tradition in many families, starting around Thanksgiving and lasting until the end of the year before being put up for the next season. I was unable to find a true history of egg nog, though honestly I didn’t look real hard for it, but it seems to have been around since the middle ages. It’s simple enough to make, is sweet and flavorful and requires nothing that wasn’t readily available even 800 years ago. So before it disappears again for another year make sure you add egg nog to your parties and holiday get togethers. If you don’t like egg nog, just add a bit more booze and you won;t even know you are drinking it.
How to celebrate – Have some egg nog. Check out all the items made to taste like egg nog. Make your own egg nog drink.
If you don’t celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan there is still one holiday you can still celebrate, it was created by Daniel O’Keefe (A writer on the Seinfeld show) on December 18, 1997 for the character Kramer, it’s Festivus. No, it doesn’t really stand for anything for those who don’t really believe in anything. It is symbolized by an aluminum pole with no other decorations on it, meatloaf as a dinner meal and a feat of strength after the meal. I suppose there are those that celebrate Festivus even though it doesn’t really exist. Even the date is wrong, it should be December 18th, not December 23rd. But does it matter? The clear answer is, no.
How to celebrate – Celebrate Festivus when ever you want. Find something you believe in so you don’t have to celebrate Festivus. Watch re-runs of Seinfeld.
This year, the celebration of the Festival of Lights, begins today. It is a celebration of a flask of oil that should have lasted at best a day and kept the fires burning for eight days. It was freedom for the Jews from Greek persecution in 167 B.C.. The Macabees led the way for their people in this revolution and though the dates changes yearly it is a celebration of joy and wonder. It is also spelled in many different ways, in America perhaps best recognized as Hanukkah. it is celebrated by the lighting of a menorah in symbolic representation of the oil that burnt for 8 days. Generally gifts are given each of the 8 days. These eight days are filled with joy, peace and love for family, friends and faith.
How to celebrate – Celebrate Channukah in faith or tolerance. Allow others to keep their faith in order that you may keep yours. Find your own peace, love and joy.
December 21st National Kiwi Day
Here is a fruit that is native to China and had a certain popularity in the Far East prior to World War 2 but never really caught on until soldiers fighting in New Zealand tried the fruit, liked it and brought it back to the west with them. Originally known as “Yang Tao”, the Chinese gooseberry, it eventually was named Kiwi. Sounds Hawaiian! It is often mixed with strawberries as they seem to compliment each other. Interesting, at least to me, is the fact that though it is native to China, the number one producing country for Kiwi today is Italy.
How to celebrate – Have some Kiwi today. Visit China and see
Kiwi in the wild. Make your own recipe using Kiwi.
Today we offer a gift to everyone, nothing expensive but meant from the heart in wishing everyone joy and peace. It does not matter what religion you are, though it is generally associated with Christmas, it can be any faith and any songs that include goodwill and good wishes. You don’t even need to be a good singer, just willing. It is hard to say when caroling began, it was probably during the times of St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century as Christians sang songs dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries. In those days, singing for ones supper was a common practice and has most likely been the repeated over the years as caroling….but for now a little eggnog, fruitcake or perhaps just a little goodwill for all.
How to celebrate – Go caroling (no matter your religion). Spread joy to those around you. Show up where you are least expected, but most welcome.
There are actually a lot of trees used for Christmas but the Evergreen is probably the most cherished and best recognized. The tree is not only beautiful but lives for a good length of time, even after being cut down. Over the years, many families have gone out to the woods and looked for their own Evergreen tree to celebrate Christmas with. It is frowned upon today and during the season they appear on nearly every street corner so the need isn’t really necessary. (Not sure it ever really was) And so, for a self-serving pitch, I offer my short story; “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green” as a story about the original “Christmas Tree”. It’s available on Amazon and it’s cheap. And I think a really good little story.
How to celebrate – Find your Christmas tree on your own this year. (Don’t get caught cutting it down though) Find out why the Evergreen was selected as the Christmas Tree. Read, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green.”
December 18th Talk Like Buddy the Elf Day
Who would have thought that a simple comedy like “Elf”
staring Will Farrell made back in 2003 can have created such a following all
these years later. Buddy goes through the trials and tribulation of being a Human
who thinks he is an Elf, acts like an Elf and talks like an Elf. He goes to
find his father in New York City and, well… if you haven’t seen the movie I won’t
spoil it for you. But if you haven’t seen the movie you are probably living
under a rock. Today intends that you leave a message on your answering machine
that makes it sound like you are Buddy answering the phone. Ah, who actually
has answering machines anymore? Anyway the idea is fun, if a little annoying, and
it kicks off the holiday season.
How to celebrate – Learn to speak like Buddy the Elf. Never
give up on innocence. Visit the North Pole.