With all the preparation, the shopping, the cleaning , the cooking, the gift giving and receiving the I think I forgot to buy something feeling, Christmas comes and goes in a flash every year. How many of you survived Christmas. I believe the overwhelming majority will say that they survived through it.

There’s a feeling of relief for many when Christmas and Christmas Eve have passed. It’s the holiday hangover. Not the typical hangover from too much alcohol but the hangover of over consumption of everything. We live in a society that values consuming so much that we have lost focus on what Christmas is really all about. Why do we celebrate Christmas on Dec 25th?? Is this really the date on which Jesus Christ was born?

 Why do we put up a Christmas tree? What does it symbolize? Where does Santa Claus fit in to
 all of this? We seem to follow all these traditions without even knowing or understanding what any of it really means and yet we do it over and over again with ritualistic fervour. 

We become slaves to these rituals without really knowing it. I find it fascinating how Christmas seems to be this mixture of Pagan rituals, Christian religious symbols and folklore. How did all of this come together to create our modern day Christmas?  Are we celebrating the Birth of Christ or the winter Solstice? Was Christmas created by the Romans to replace the pagan rituals and give the Christians their religious holiday?

Sometimes it’s better not to ask too many questions I guess. What I love about Christmas is being with family, seeing good friends and spending time together. Oh and let’s not forget all the amazing food and wine. But still it lingers in the back of my mind.

 What are we really celebrating?  Where did it all come from? The more research you do the more questions arise. Have I peeked your curiosity?

If you want to keep your candy coated version of Christmas intact don’t click on any of the links in this post ; )

It would seem that the Egyptians and Romans we’re celebrating “Christmas” long before Jesus was born. Fascinating isn’t it?

Did you know that Santa Claus was Turkish and that his name comes from his Dutch nickname Santer Klass??

food for thought!



This week in the music finder I’ll be posting a song from a great Canadian Band called Hey Rosetta! Another great discovery thanks to Mitch Melnyk and Stephen Brunt.

 Click on The Music finder to listen to Epitaph.  Acoustic guitar fans will love this song for its simplicity and strong vocals.

As you start categorization the different wines you drink you will start noticing distinct patterns. I’ll be adding another great Portuguese wine to The cellar called Chamine. I seem to have a penchant for Portuguese Vinhos.

Send me your questions, comments or recommendations.


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12/30/2011 01:19:39 am

Thank you! I love the magic of Christmas... This year we started a new tradition where we write each other cards with real wishes and 5 nice memories of each other. Priceless! I should say thank you to my "super heroe"!!! Merry Christmas SpooningTheFork

12/31/2011 01:48:16 am

Hi Yolanda,

I guess that is the beauty of it all. You can create your own traditions that can then be passed down from generation to generation. I especially like your idea of writing down 5 nice memories. If the end our most priceless possesions are our memories. = )

5/6/2016 09:40:48 am

Christmas is one of the most favorite holidays of our family, especially of our children. The history of the holiday does not matter for them. The children just want to have some fun.


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