Christmas 2022: Why Santa Claus Is Obsessed With Eggnog?
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The expectation from our dearest Saint Nicholas is enormous on Christmas eve. The old jolly good fellow has to deliver presents to kids all across the globe. Adults too resonate with the little ones and expect no less. To help him stay energised, celebrators prepare and leave food and drinks near the Christmas tree. Santa's favourite way to gulp down his cookies is with a large tumbler of eggnog. This norm dates back decades. Have you, however, ever pondered why? When did this egg and milk cocktail become a ritual?

Genesis and a heart-warming tale

Once upon a time on December 24, it was a chilly and snowy teeth-chattering night at the North Pole. Apparently, this eggnog tradition began that evening. Committed to his duty and promise, Santa was busy loading his sleigh with all of the gifts that his elves had toiled to create. Ms Clause, on the other hand, wanted to give Santa a healthy snack to take with him on his arduous night voyage. She was anxious about all the weight he had lost throughout the months of Christmas preparation. She opened the fridge and took out a few eggs for protein, milk for calcium, and cream for a few more calories.

She walked to the pantry and got some sugar. It goes without saying that Santa has a sweet tooth. After blending them together in a pot, she simmered them over the heat until smooth. She waited for the concoction to cool before taking a drink; the rest is history. Doesn't that sound plausible? Believe it with a pinch of salt, as this account is not entirely true.

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Debated drink

The true origins of eggnog have been extensively contested over the ages. According to some historians, it originated in early mediaeval Britain as "posset," a hot, milky, ale-like drink. The affluent ate meals like milk, eggs, and sherry. So, toasts to wealth and health would often include eggnog. The "nog" element of its name could be derived from the term noggin. It's a Middle English phrase for a tiny, carved wooden cup that serves alcoholic beverages.

Evolution and modern form

During the 18th century, the drink made its way over the Atlantic to the English colonies. It quickly gained popularity thanks to its high dairy content combined with rum, a cheap beverage at the time. Even in modern times, holiday celebrations typically involve a little rum or bourbon added to eggnog. Nevertheless, it is just as wonderful without alcohol. Moreover, sans its addition, eggnog remains a kids-friendly drink!