What IS a Sugar-plum?

What IS a Sugar-plum?

According to Clement Clark Moore, sugar-plums are so special that of all the possible delights a child might dream of, they top the list. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads… So what exactly are these “sugar-plums” dancing in dreamland? At first glance the “sugar”… Continue Reading

Dunder and Blixem?

Dunder and Blixem?

If you ask the average American to name Santa’s reindeer the first name to pop up will probably be Rudolph. The next two would no doubt be Donner and Blitzen. But is this correct? Where did these names come from? The popular Christmas ditty Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was a story and then a song… Continue Reading

A Visit from St. Nicholas

A Visit from St. Nicholas

A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly know today as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore was written in 1822 and published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823. This simple 14 stanza composition is largely responsible for the concept of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to… Continue Reading

Posset to Syllabub to Egg Nog

Posset to Syllabub to Egg Nog

In the Middle Ages, posset was a warm dish served to invalids and those suffering from a fever or cold. Milk was heated and then curdled by adding spiced wine, spirits, or ale. Egg yolks might be added as a thickener or to create a smooth thin custard-like drink. During the 18th and 19th centuries, lemons… Continue Reading

Deck the halls with boughs of holly!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly!

Regency decorations, in most respects, were not all that different from ours today. A Christmas tree was a rarity, becoming most popular thanks to Queen Victoria, although the wife to the Prince Regent, Catherine of Brunswick, was reputed to have brought the custom from her native Germany. For some reason the idea did not catch… Continue Reading

Holiday Movies, Part 1

Holiday Movies, Part 1

So, SO many fabulous holiday-themed movies have been made over the decades since cinematic film-making was created. Movies for the family, movies with humor, movies of faith, movies full of sentimentality, movies with romance, movies starring Santa Claus, movies with edginess, movies with Christmas as a setting for the action, movies filmed with live action,… Continue Reading