Everyday I get up and turn on my computer and am reminded of the number of days till Christmas. When I first downloaded the app, I thought it was a bit of a gag. Now, I am starting to get a bit nervous. And I have started my Christmas shopping already.

Everyday I get up and turn on my computer and am reminded of the number of days till Christmas. When I first downloaded the app, I thought it was a bit of a gag. Now, I am starting to get a bit nervous. And I have started my Christmas shopping already.


Thinking about all things Christmas made me recall a radio program I heard recently in which the radio personality (are they called disc jockeys anymore?) commented on her like or dislike of eggnog and was amazed at the response she got. I was not. Eggnog is one of those things that people either love or hate. I have to say I don’t know which camp to join. I can’t recall ever having actually found the courage to take a sip.


First let me explain that my stomach doesn’t do milk or anything milk-based very well. Therefore, avoiding eggnog is really not much of a loss for me. Additionally, I don’t drink alcohol very often or very well. But still I am amazed at the number of people who literally wait for the Christmas season so they can have some eggnog. There are dozens and dozens of recipes and variations on the Internet and in almost every cookbook ever written.


Nearest I can tell, the drink can be traced all of the way back to the 14th century and a drink called posset consumed by cold Englishmen. CNN.com says posset didn’t contain eggs. It did contain hot milk curdled with ale or wine and was sweetened and spiced. The American colonists, it seems, are credited with adding the eggs since they were in good supply in most colonial homes. Apparently the English liked Sherry and Madeira (whatever that is) in their drinks, while we rabble-rousers over here in America preferred ours with rum and whiskey.


I can’t say any of my holiday festivities have ever suffered from the lack of eggnog one way or the other. Though I did have a friend once get a bit snippy when she arrived and found out I couldn’t offer her any. I told her she was welcomed to as much coffee and hot chocolate as she could drink, but she decided to go out and by her own supply of eggnog. I am not sure, to this day, what she used for the "kicker."


So where do you land — nog or no?


Happy birthday Tuesday to Weneva Jacobs, Barbara Boland, Brock Curry, Harold Wright, Ben McCaleb, Aaliyha Baker Jones, Brian Adams, Rhonda Renee Stephens, Traphena Gibson, Nelda Sprenger, Anna Blackburn and Kenneth Bone, all of Sherman; Priscilla Ann Barnum, Terry Wayne Braxton, Vincent Rhodes, Dwight Smith and John Henry Penny, all of Denison; Austin Powell of Whitewright; Jerry Ben McAllister of McAllen; Gregory Snider of Howe; Nathan Matter of Longview; Don Smith of Whitesboro.


Happy anniversary Tuesday to Royce and Lorie Dawson, 31 years.