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The holidays are in full-swing and The Promenade is wishing you all things merry and bright! Let’s take a look at how some holiday traditions came to be before we share our favorites here at the Promenade.


Holiday Traditions

History shows that there’s a lot that went into the traditions we know and love today.

The History of Cookies during the Holidays

Throughout the Middle Ages, bakers celebrated the Winter Solstice and prepared desserts with lard, butter, and sugar.

Gingerbread became popular throughout the Crusades, however, it became illegal in other parts of the world for superstitious reasons. It originated as breadcrumbs, boiled with honey, and heavily spiced with clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gingerbread was pressed onto hard boards, then dried, making a crispier exterior.

Traditional Christmas cookies began in the 17th century by Dutch settlers in the U.S. However, cookie-cutters became popular circa 1871, when imported products from Germany became available.

Parents were encouraged to leave out “milk and cookies for Santa” during the Great Depression. It was a generous act for starving children and a beacon of hope for more to come.

The Beginning of Trees during the Holidays

Firstly, Pagans displayed branches of evergreen fir trees throughout their homes as a reminder of the upcoming spring throughout harsh, winter months.

Romans placed branches around temples in honor of Saturn, the God of agriculture and life.

In the 16th century, Eastern European countries brought evergreen into their home to celebrate Christmas and the Winter Solstice. It is rumoured that Martin Luther was the first to decorate an evergreen fir, with candles to resemble stars.

The tradition continued with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, whomst inspired their subjects.  By the 1890s, factories manufactured ornaments and the modern era brought electricity…and Christmas lights.

Snowmen

Did you know the first-ever-recorded snowman was in 1380?

They became popular in the Middle Ages, when artists lacked resources for proper expression.

Fun Fact: Michelangelo was commissioned to make a snowman for the city of Florence!

Egg-Cellent Eggnog

Yolks on you, because eggnog is not new. In fact, eggnog began in the Middle Ages, particularly in modern Britain. Eggnog was originally an elitist beverage, as brandy and sherry were expensive. British aristocrats historically added alcohol to the cream and eggs yolks to prevent curdling or spoiling.

Eggnog made its way to the American colonies in the 18th century. Instead of sherry and brandy, colonists used rum. As a result, owners of pubs called the beverage egg-n-grog, (or rum).

Egg-n-grog became eggnog, as it was served in wooden noggin mugs.

Staff Traditions

Our staff is counting down the days for presents, eggnog, and cookies. To inspire your festive spirit, we want to share our holiday traditions!

According to our recent survey, the majority of our staff:

  • Thinks holiday decorations should go up after Thanksgiving!
  • Believes white lights should be used to decorate a Christmas tree!
  • Prefers a fake tree over a real tree.
  • Does not have an advent calendar to count-down the days!
  • Does not mail holiday cards!
  • Prefers Chocolate Chip Cookies or Sugar Cookies!
  • And our holiday go-to beverage is Beer or Eggnog!

Staff Go-To Holiday Movies

  1. Batman Returns
  2. Elf
  3. Four Christmases
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life
  5. Netflix Original Klaus
  6. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  7. The Holiday
  8. The Santa Clause

Staff Go-To Holiday Music

  1. Beach Boys Little Saint Nick
  2. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  4. NSYNC Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
  5. O’Holy Night
  6. This Christmas
  7. Winter Wonderland

Our Big Holiday Dinner

  1. Honey-Baked Ham and lots of sides!
  2. Salmon
  3. Shrimp, stuffing, sauerkraut, Polish sausage, and mashed potatoes
  4. Shrimp scampi, crab cakes, chicken, pork, steak, octopus, and mashed potatoes
  5. Turkey, pasta, mashed potatoes, corn, yams…and then pumpkin pie!
  6. Whatever the mother-in-law is making

Our Favorite Holiday Traditions

  1. Christmas morning breakfast, after opening the presents!
  2. Decorating the Christmas tree.
  3. Hanging with family.
  4. Santa putting fruit in my stocking!
  5. Staying in my pajamas all day!
  6. Watching It’s a Wonderful Life
  7. Watching Batman Returns with a glass of eggnog!
  8. Wearing ugly sweaters

We hope you enjoyed learning more about our holiday traditions and we wish you all a very happy holiday season!