Out with the old, in with the new, it’s a New Year’s tradition. And so is popping the cork on a fine (or cheap) bottle of champagne. The idea is to begin the new year by celebrating with some of the most cherished beverages ever made for adults. However, even if you choose to just the cheap stuff it will still give you the desired results.
Most champagne comes from southern France, but California has stepped up it’s game lately. Champagne is generally accepted as the beverage to celebrate things with. The victory of a big game, a wedding or, in this case, the coming of a New Year.
Let it tickle your nose as the New Year approaches but make sure you save at least enough for a swallow at the dropping of the ball, right after your kiss, to ring in the New Year.
Or you could be like the couple above and celebrate all three things at the same time. This New Years Eve, lets all lift the glass and let bygones be bygones and start off fresh celebrating the New Year and all the promise it brings.
How to celebrate – Share a glass of champagne with someone you love. Have a champagne breakfast on New Years Day. Drive safely.
Most people have perhaps of the most useful tools known to man sitting on their shelves in the kitchen, bicarbonate of soda. We know it better as baking soda. It is sodium carbonate or sodium bi-carbonate that when mixed with water becomes carbon dioxide.
You may not appreciate all it can do. For years it was used to help make bread rise, and of course it still is used for that same purpose but it also can be used to ease heartburn and stomach indigestion, and removes odors from foods left in the refrigerator.
It can be used as a fire extinguisher for grease or oil fires and has been used as a cleaner on practically any surface (Though it may leave scratches if not diluted properly. It can be used as a meat tenderizer and minimizes flatulence from any bean dish. it can clean and polish silver and works well as a way to remove burnt on foods from dishes.
Of course the most widely known source for bicarbonate of soda is Arm & Hammer which has been around since 1867. This is a must for every kitchen or work shop.
How to celebrate – Make sure you have some Bicarbonate of Soda in the house. Place some bicarbonate of soda in your refridgerator. Keep some bicarbonate of soda in your bathroom for those “special” moments.
Is it cold where you are? Need something hot to eat to warm you up? Try some Pepper Pot Soup! It is a thick spicy soup first enjoyed during the American Revolution at Valley Forge.
George Washington ordered his chef to prepare a meal for the troops that were hungry and freezing in their winter camp. The desertion rate continued to grow, not because the troops were afraid of the British but because they could no longer stand the cold which they were ill equipped for. The chef basically threw everything he could get his hands on into the soup, tripe being the main ingredient along with bits of other meat and peppercorn.
Desertion was no longer the issue at Valley Forge, neither was the cold… both being replaced by trying to find a way to put out the fire in the soldiers mouth! The dish was served on December 29th, 1777 and we have celebrate it since then as “The soup that won the war!”
Also known as “The Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup” you can either make it up yourself with this recipe, or buy it prepared from a number of different soup companies.
How to celebrate – Spice up your life and fix some Pepper Pot Soup for your family. Visit Valley Forge. Research what Tripe really is.
Okay, you’re tired of the gifts you got for Christmas by now, tired of running around shopping and going to parties, tired of shoveling snow or going on sleigh rides… chill out, play cards!
Card playing has been around for centuries! People have been playing cards almost since the beginning of recorded history. It’s a great way to pass some time and talk to your friends and family members while not just sitting there like a bump on a log.
Now there are those who take their card playing very seriously. They develop strategies and styles to play. There are even those that count cards and mark cards so they can shave the odds in their favor (but I would not suggest this in a casino). I really haven’t played a lot of poker in my life but when I have, it gets a little ruthless so you might want to pick friendlier games.
There are many, many kids versions of card games as well and if you need a little quiet time, suggest the kids play cards. Though they can still make a lot of noise, generally speaking they don’t as they are concentrating on what they are doing with their cards.
And while artists like to show dogs playing cards I have never actually seen that. I have seen dogs eat cards, but that’s an entirely different blog. Cards are a great way to keep your mind active while letting your body relax.
How to celebrate – Play cards today! Make up your own card game (maybe one only you know how to win). Learn how to do magic with cards.
There is nothing like snow. Well, maybe ice and frost, but not much else. And it is the season for snow, the real kind. But if you live in the south you don’t normally see a lot of the white stuff from nature, so today is the day to make your own.
Now I wouldn’t suggest trying to ski on it, or even build a snowman, in fact I probably wouldn’t even put it outside. However, when you make your own snowflakes you are showing your individuality just as with every snowflake that falls. No two should be perfectly alike, even if you have to make slight variations on purpose.
They don’t even have to look like traditional fake snowflakes, or as I like to call them… snowfakes. The good thing about them is that you don’t have to go out and shovel them, unless you really go to the extreme, and they aren’t wet, at least let us hope they aren’t wet.
Your snowflakes though should be just like ever person you know, no one exactly the same. In fact you could even create snowflakes and give them a personality like the people you know. A little warped, tiny, extra large, twisted… whatever you like!
So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! So long as you have paper and scissors, you can make as many as you want!
How to celebrate – Get busy, cut out a bunch of snowflakes. They don’t have to be made from paper either, they could be chalk, paint or any substance you want to use! (Though I do advise keeping it legal. Name each snowflake you make.
Today is Boxing Day. For years I thought it was a day that people got rid of all the boxes of stuff they got during Christmas day. I was wrong. It always falls of the first weekday after Christmas. Today it is easy because it is a Tuesday, but if Christmas falls on Friday, Boxing Day will come on the following Monday.
It’s also not the day the reindeer beat up Santa for his abuse on Christmas Eve (Though they may well be within their rights!). In fact, it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing either. Celebrated in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and any of the British Commonwealth, this traditionally is a European holiday.
It started in the Middle Ages when the nobility would reward their servants and those that served them with a box full of gifts, normally of food and fruit. It was a way of giving back for what had been done for those more affluent. It is also known as St. Stephens Day.
We at Unboxing the Bizarre welcome all unusual holidays, as well as those that are widely recognized. Life is worth celebrating, everyday, for some reason or the other. We try to show you different reasons to celebrate though you really should celebrate every day anyway. We owe each other to find happiness, we owe each other to find love, when we accomplish that then we can truly celebrate the future and the lives we live and com in contact with.
How to celebrate – Celebrate something every day! Create days to celebrate in your own lives. Take a box of food and fruit, and clothing or anything else you can give to someone in need.
Eggnog has been around for quite some time. It was recorded in Medieval Britain as a hot, milky, ale-like drink. It was in regular use by monks in the 13th century, not just as a commoners drink but with a lot of alcohol in it. Generally either rum or cognac is used to “flavor” the drink.
Today it is served both with, and without, alcohol. Originally called “posset” in the UK it is also known as rompose in Mexico and coquito in Puerto Rico. It’s name may have come from the original use of a noggin (a wooden cup) and grog (a strong drink).
The drink changed slightly when it came to the Americas. George Washington loved the drink and created his own recipe for consumption. One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 pint sherry—mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.
We even use it to make ice cream, lattes and candy. (Mostly without alcohol) It is the perfect drink for the holidays and has become a part of the Christmas tradition. And with today being Christmas Eve, you should include it in your celebrations.
How to celebrate – Have a joyful and thoughtful Christmas Eve with friends and family. Create your own recipe for Eggnog. Have a Merry Christmas.