A Childhood Christmas Without...

| 12/27/2013 12:20:00 PM

There is a long list of things that, as a child, I had never heard of. But even without those things, my Christmas was just as merry as though I had them. I'll explain some instances.

I was in my twenties before I ever heard of or had drank eggnog. When I first saw it in the punch bowl, I wasn't sure what it was. At first, I thought it was milk cream, but it was too yellow to be cream. I remember my grandmother's cow cream, and it was white. Then, I imagined the drink was melted vanilla ice cream. Wrong again. I was too embarrassed to ask anyone what it was, so when others started drinking it, I got a cup and drank some too. What a delightful drink, but still my early Christmases were delicious without eggnog or any other holiday drinks. I also had never tried spiced fruit punch or spiced apple cider. Today, they are my favorites. Especially spiced apple cider. I think my mother used chocolate for baking, and while I ate chocolate pie, I never drank hot chocolate. We ate marshmallows, but not in any drink as is done with hot chocolate.

Homemade dressing was a staple, but turkey with dressing, I had not eaten. Nor cranberry sauce. Actually, I had never heard of cranberries, but now, they're a part of my holiday dinners. We ate ham and yams, but not together.

I never ate fruit cake, and to this day, this little, nutty-fruity cake, I can still live without. It has too much stuff in it for my taste buds. I'm "plain Jane," and I like pound cake. We didn't have gingerbread cookies, but we had ginger bread. We called it molasses or syrup bread. My Grandmother made the best! Christmas cookies (the pretty, decorated ones) I had never seen. I ate, again, Grandmother's tea cakes, and again, to me, they were the best! I still haven’t eaten a Yule Log cake, so you'll have to tell me if I'm missing out on this one.

I had never heard of Charles Dicken's "Christmas Carol", nor any other Christmas story. Now this story is my favorite holiday tale.

And when it came to Christmas decorations, we never had mistletoe, holly/berries, garland, ornaments, lights, Christmas table cloths, napkins, plates, cups, place mats, table runners, candles, colorful flatware, gift-wrapping paper, Christmas cards, or anything else "Christmas."