Category: December 24

  • NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY – December 24

    NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY 

    National Eggnog Day raises a holiday toast once a year on the day before Christmas. Also known as egg milk punch, eggnog is a popular drink throughout the United States during the holidays.

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    The sweetened dairy-based beverage is traditionally made with milk and cream, sugar, whipped eggs, and spices. When served at parties and holiday get-togethers, liquor is often added to the eggnog. Many people prefer brandy, rum, whiskey, bourbon, or vodka. Sometimes they even mix up a combination. For added holiday cheer, garnish the glass with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice.

    Eggnog also flavors other holiday treats, too. For example, you can find eggnog flavored coffees, teas, baked goods, and puddings at your grocery store. You may even have a few recipes of your own to spice up your holiday baking, too! 

    Even though the origin of the eggnog drink is debated, many believe that the drink initially developed in East Anglia, England. However, others believe it originated as a medieval European beverage made with hot milk.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY

    While gathering together with family and friends, enjoy a glass or two of eggnog! Other ways to enjoy the day include baking eggnog flavored goodies. Make a seasonal ice cream or another holiday treat to share. We’ve included a few recipes for you to try. 

    Eggnog Cookies
    Eggnog Bread Pudding

    Use #NationalEggnogDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY HISTORY

    As we’ve not yet discovered the creator of this beverage holiday, National Day Calendar is finding the research to be delicious!

    Eggnog FAQ

    Q. Does eggnog have to be made with raw eggs?
    A. No. You may use egg substitutes or pasteurized egg products in place of the eggs listed in the recipe.

    Q. Can I make eggnog without alcohol?
    A. Yes. If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks or are serving the beverage to children, leave any alcohol out of the mix.

    Q. Is eggnog served hot or cold?
    A. Eggnog is traditionally served cold. However, you may also enjoy it as a delicious hot beverage.

     

    December 24th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    1889

    Daniel Stover and William Hance of Freeport, IL, obtained patent No. 418,142 for their invention of a bicycle with a back-pedal brake.

    1948

    Anthony, Esther, and Andrew Nemethy move into the first completely solar-heated house named the Dover Sun House. Located in Dover, MA, three women funded and designed the house. Amelia Peabody funded the project while Dr. Maria Telkes of the MIT Solar Laboratory designed the heating system. The architect was Eleanor Raymond.

    1968

    Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is #1 on the music charts.

    1968

    The Apollo 8 astronauts host a live broadcast from orbit around the moon. Frank Borman, Bill Anders, and Bill Lovell read from the book of Genesis during the broadcast and show pictures of the Earth and Moon. During the mission, they also capture the iconic Earthrise photo.

    December 24th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Kit Carson – 1809

    The skilled frontiersman served in the Union Army during the Civil War. While Carson never learned to read or write, he mastered several languages while trapping and trading in the west.

    James Prescott Joule – 1818

    Through his study of heat, the English physicist connected differing forms of energy such as mechanical, electrical, and heat. Joule developed the law of conservation of energy and the first law of thermodynamics.

    Howard Hughes – 1905

    The American billionaire became known for his interests in both Hollywood and aviation. He produced several films including Scarface starring Howard Hawks and Paul Muni. In 1932, Hughes launched his own aircraft company. One of his more memorable aerial pursuits was the construction and piloting of the Spruce Goose. In later years, the already eccentric Hughes drifted into seclusion.

    Max Miedinger – 1910

    In 1957, the Swiss typeface designer created the Neue Haas Grotesk typeface that was later renamed Helvetica. Helvetica’s simple, legible design became popular in brand usage and signage. In 1983, D. Stemple AG redesigned the typeface, making it sleeker and ready for the next century.

    Ava Gardner – 1922

    In 1946, the actress’s star was born when she appeared in the film The Killers. Gardner gained a reputation for her stunning beauty and her remarkable acting ability.

    Mary Higgens Clark – 1927

    Throughout her five-decade career, the suspense novelist wrote nearly 40 novels with three of them landing on the New York Times best-seller list.

    Anthony Fauci – 1940

    The American physician and immunologist has advised six presidents throughout his career. In 1984, he was appointed director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

    Lee Daniels – 1959

    The American film director, producer, and screenwriter earned his first Academy Award for the film Monster’s Ball. He is also recognized for his work in the films Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious, and the television series Empire.

  • CHRISTMAS EVE – December 24

    CHRISTMAS EVE

    Christmas Eve on December 24 kicks off a series of holiday traditions. Some are ancient practices with a modern spin, while others date back hundreds of years.

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    Christmas Eve is filled with both religious and nonreligious traditions. Religious traditions center around the birth of Jesus. Different denominations have their own traditions. On Christmas Eve Roman Catholics and Anglicans hold Midnight Mass. Lutherans celebrate with candlelight services and Christmas carols. Many evangelical churches hold evening services where families celebrate Holy Communion.

    Around the world, Christmas Eve is celebrated with a variety of foods. In Italy, they celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes. Russians traditionally serve a 12-dish Christmas Eve Supper before opening gifts. Meanwhile, in Bulgaria, the Christmas Eve meal consists of an odd number of meatless dishes.

    Besides food and religious services, the holiday is when Santa Clause takes to the sky in his sleigh to deliver Christmas gifts around the world. Other names for the white-bearded man in a red suit include Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, and Saint Nicholas. No matter what he is called, the legend of Santa is based on a real-life man named Saint Nicholas of Myra. The early Christian bishop was known for secret gift-giving, as well as many miracles. Through the years, the legend of Santa grew to include the North Pole, a sleigh driven by reindeer, a naughty or nice list, and his jolly laugh, “ho, ho, ho.”

    HOW TO OBSERVE CHRISTMAS EVE

    What are some of your holiday traditions? How did they begin?

    There are many ways to observe Christmas Eve. For many families, the most important thing is to make lasting memories with their loved ones. Here are some ways to celebrate:

    • Attend church for a candlelight service or Midnight Mass
    • Read the account of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke
    • Put out milk and cookies for Santa
    • Pass out Christmas cookies and other goodies to your neighbors
    • Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
    • Gather around the tree with your family and cups of cocoa and share favorite holiday memories
    • Go caroling in your neighborhood or at a senior center
    • Make a gingerbread house
    • Hang up Christmas stockings
    • Read Christmas classics like The Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol
    • Watch a fun Christmas movie like Elf, Home Alone, or The Grinch
    • Rent a limo and look at Christmas lights

    As you can see, there are many wonderful ways to celebrate Christmas Eve. While you wait for Santa Claus to come down the chimney (or through the window, down the fire escape, or your preferred entrance) you can explore the histories of other holiday personas in 5 Stories Behind Faces of Our Favorite Holidays. Share how you’ll be celebrating this special day by posting on social media with #ChristmasEve.

    CHRISTMAS EVE HISTORY

    Hearkening back to the 16th century when Christian traditions were first influenced by winter solstice celebrations, decorating and preparing for Christmas Day took place the evening before. This included putting up the tree, decorating with mistletoe and holly, bringing in the Yule log and making dishes for the Christmas meal.

    Jewish traditions have historically influenced Christian practices, too. One such practice is that the church day traditionally begins in the evening. Christian churches have celebrated Christmas Eve in part because it is believed that Jesus was born at midnight. Many churches today hold Christmas Eve services or Midnight Masses. They may also hold candlelight vigils, Nativity productions or sing carols.