Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Saturday, December 3, 2011

E ~ The A-Z of Christmas

Hello everyone and welcome to of the A-Z of Christmas.

is for...Ebenezer Scooge, eggnog, Emmanuel, evergreens, Christmas EVE...
Eggnog is one of the many treats of the festive season. It is said to have its origins in medieval times and was later enjoyed by the English aristocracy who could both afford the expensive ingredients, and keep the milk chilled.
The drink itself varies from country to country and even amongst families.

The drink reached the shores of America in the eighteenth century and rum or 'grog' was used to lace the mixture, with the name abbreviated from egg and grog to that used today.
However, good eggnog is made as a punch and should contain a large amount of eggs, milk, and spices such as vanilla and nutmeg. I don't use alcohol although I know many do.

Evergreens have long been used to decorate our homes for the Christmas season. Not only are they beautiful but their pungent fragrance fills one's home with the lovely scent of the outdoors. Many use artificial evergreens today because allergies are such a problem.

My parents always used real evergreens to decorate the doorways and windows of their home as well as using the big evergreen Christmas tree. I miss that nowadays as we use an artificial tree. The main reason for that is so that I can leave the tree up longer.

Emmanuel or Immanuel, is the name given to our beloved Saviour Jesus Christ, when He came to earth as a Babe in the stable so long ago. The prophecy was given in Isaiah 7:14.

"Behold, the virgin shall be with Child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which translated means, 'God is with us.'" - Matthew 1:23

How do you spend your Christmas Eve? In years gone by, we usually had a church service and then spent the rest of the evening with our family. We always enjoyed my pate after the service which is a savoury meat pie. Of course later that evening, the beautiful strains of Christmas music would be playing while we finished wrapping gifts and filling stockings.

Come back tomorrow for the letter F.

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi


  1. Lovely, Sandi. Absolutely lovely. I like that particular painting of the manger scene. I use an artificial tree, too, because I love to keep it up as long as possible. I LOVE Christmas! Susan

  2. I LOVE Christmas so much that I keep my tree up year round. After the first of the year it goes dark until the following Thanksgiving, where we re-light it. Eggnog is always a favorite for me. Ours is alcohol free except for New's Years Eve. I have really enjoyed reading these Christmas Posts of yours. They are jam packed with interesting tidbits of information. Take care.

  3. Just came across your blog - what a treat! It's beautiful! I love, love, LOVE Christmastime!