Ah, a holiday skirmish. Let’s remember that theme as we continue on this debate.
I would like to thank semper for setting this up and to the readers. I hope we can make it as enjoyable as possible. To my opponent as well, let’s have some fun.
The holidays are here and along with them the many traditions that we remember and hold dear. The Nativity scene, baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Magi, all in the manger. The tree, draped in lights and garland, presents under it. Singing carols. The turkey dinner not so far away. Friends and family. Buy/making presents for those near to us. Warming by the hearth for those in colder climes. And............. eggnog.
Eggnog, also egg nog, is a sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture) and flavoured with ground cinnamon and nutmeg; alcoholic versions also exist with the addition of various liquors, such as brandy, rum, and whiskey.
Eggnog is a popular drink throughout The Americas, and is usually associated with winter celebrations such as Christmas and New Year.
When eggnog hit the store shelves(after Halloween) it’s a sign that the holidays are here. A time for sharing of ourselves with our loved ones. We look forward to this season. To remember times past and cast hopes for the future. A time to relax and enjoy life with others, casting off the grind that was the rest of the year. A time to rejoice for most. Nog is a part of this celebration, whether home made or purchased. What is the common theme with Nog though?
Eggnog can be produced from homemade recipes, however ready-made eggnog containing alcohol and "just-add-alcohol" versions are available for purchase. Whiskey, rum, brandy, or cognac are often added.
The season has begun, let’s enjoy. Over to you Ian. May this find you with your chestnut roasting on an open fire.
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[edit on Sat Dec 13 2008 by The Vagabond]