Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve, Chocolate Day, Egg Nog Day, more

December 24th, 2012, is Christmas Eve, Silent Night Holy Night, Santuranticuy, Feast Day of Adam and Eve, National Chocolate Day, and National Egg Nog Day.

Christmas Eve is the so-called "Night Before Christmas," brilliantly described in the poem by Clement Clarke Moore. It's your last chance to purchase gifts, wrap gifts, hide gifts, and maybe even open some gifts. After all that, get to bed early so Santa can come down the chimney or through a window undetected. Follow Santa's progress with NORAD via Twitter at @NoradSanta.

Austria celebrates Silent Night Holy Night, commemorating the first live performance of the famous Christmas song in 1818.

Cusco, Peru, celebrates Santuranticuy, literally "saints for sale." Vendors and artists sell Nativity figures and other objects in anticipation of Christmas.

Although Adam and Eve are not considered saints, today's date is celebrated by some as the Feast Day of Adam and Eve.

On the outside chance you need an excuse to indulge in nature's most wonderful sweet, be aware that today is National Chocolate Day. You're welcome.

Many families have a special recipe for egg nog, typically featuring eggs and alcohol. Continue the tradition on National Egg Nog Day. I'll have a sprinkle of nutmeg on top, please.

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