December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve | National Eggnog Day

Do You Know Who Wrote The Night Before Christmas?

Welcome to December 24th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate clearing up literary history and fogging up a holiday favorite.

T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house… You know the rest. Most of us do. Clement Moore’s classic poem is one of the best-known literary works in American history. When he wrote it in 1822, he used the title “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” He shared it with a friend who was visiting and the friend liked it so much that they sent it to a newspaper for publication…without Moore’s permission…and without his name attached. The poem became a huge success, though no one knew Moore had written it until he included it in a book of poetry in 1844. He was known for his scholarly works, so he was reluctant to attach his name to the piece until his children urged him to do so. It’s Christmas Eve and, to quote Moore’s poem: “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

With the stockings all hung by the chimney with care, folks are free to unwind with a glass or two of eggnog.  You may be scratching your head as to how this drink got its name and which came first, the egg or the nog? It turns out that alcohol was once served in carved wooden mugs called noggins.  In the middle ages a drink known as posset was made with milk, spices, and alcohol and served as a cold remedy.  From there the trail gets foggy with some adding eggs to the recipe and others calling it egg flip for the way it got poured between two pitchers.  Because rum was known as grog here in the States, one bartender dubbed it “egg and grog.”  Confusing, we know, but one thing is sure, National Eggnog Day celebrates the delicious flavor that’s been a holiday favorite much longer than pumpkin spice.  

If you’d like to know more, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day! 

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