December 18th, 2019
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.
shows that there’s a lot that went into the traditions we know and love today.
The History of Cookies during the
the Middle Ages, bakers celebrated the Winter Solstice and prepared desserts
with lard, butter, and sugar.
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
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.
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
Pagans displayed branches of evergreen fir trees throughout their homes as a
reminder of the upcoming spring throughout harsh, winter months.
placed branches around temples in honor of Saturn, the God of agriculture and
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.
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
you know the first-ever-recorded snowman was in 1380?
became popular in the Middle Ages, when artists lacked resources for proper
Fact: Michelangelo was commissioned to make a snowman for the city of Florence!
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.
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).
became eggnog, as it was served in wooden noggin
staff is counting down the days for presents, eggnog, and cookies. To inspire
your festive spirit, we want to share our holiday traditions!
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
- Batman Returns
- Four Christmases
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Netflix Original Klaus
- Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
- The Holiday
- The Santa Clause
Staff Go-To Holiday Music
- Beach Boys Little Saint Nick
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
- Have Yourself a Merry Little
- NSYNC Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
- O’Holy Night
- This Christmas
- Winter Wonderland
Our Big Holiday Dinner
- Honey-Baked Ham and lots of sides!
- Shrimp, stuffing, sauerkraut, Polish
sausage, and mashed potatoes
- Shrimp scampi, crab cakes, chicken,
pork, steak, octopus, and mashed potatoes
- Turkey, pasta, mashed potatoes, corn,
yams…and then pumpkin pie!
- Whatever the mother-in-law is making
Our Favorite Holiday Traditions
- Christmas morning breakfast, after
opening the presents!
- Decorating the Christmas tree.
- Hanging with family.
- Santa putting fruit in my stocking!
- Staying in my pajamas all day!
- Watching It’s a Wonderful Life
- Watching Batman Returns with a glass of eggnog!
- Wearing ugly sweaters
hope you enjoyed learning more about our holiday traditions and we wish you all
a very happy holiday season!