Naughty and Nice Blog Hop Dec 11- 16, 2013

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Thanks for participating! Hope you had a great Holiday!
Prize: Ebook-Viking Fire by Andrea R Cooper
Winner is: Shelly Hammond
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The Hop’s Grand Prize Is A Kindle Fire HDX 7”.Plus books to go on the winner’s new Kindle

Winners Need To Be In The US or Canada to Win Items That Need to Be Shipped, But Anyone Can Win an E-Book or online gift cards. The Hop Hostesses will be giving away prizes everyday.

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How much of Christmas traditions do we carry on from our ancestors?

Many, but I’ll only talk about 3:

Christmas Tree: Prior to the 17th Century and German Lutherans, people didn’t have a Christmas tree unless they were one of the tree worshiping pagans or druids. However,  since German Prince Albert brought the tree tradition with him to Queen Victoria in 1840, we enjoy this decorative tree.

Eggnog: Eggnog history starts with Captain John Smith’s settlement of Jamestown in 1607. The colonists named their recipe “egg and grog”. Grog was a term back then for a drink containing rum. Egg & Grog was reduced to “egg’n’grog” then shortening again to eggnog. It’s a simple recipe of milk, beaten eggs, sugar, ground cinnamon and nutmeg. 1

Mistletoe:  “In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up.”3  Some say there was a prophesy that Baldur, Thor’s grandson, would die. His mother, Frigga, asked every plant, tree, and animal to promise not to harm him. All agreed. A celebration was in order. However, Loki shot him with a mistletoe arrow – the only plant overlooked – and died. Baldur was loved by all (except Loki) and all wept for this sun god for three days. He was resurrected by his mother. It is believed her tears created the white berries. With her son restored, Frigga kissed all underneath the mistletoe. She stated that anyone who stands under it, only a kiss as a symbol of love and friendship would greet them.

It is poisonous – so only kissing under the mistletoe :)

What’s your favorite tradition?

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Viking Fire : Historical Romance with a touch of magic.
Kaireen is a feisty Irish lass that is determined not to marry her enemy – a Viking.

The Garnet Dagger : Fantasy / Paranormal romance. Book 1 of The Garnet Dagger trilogy
Everyone knows what happens when a vampire bites a human…but what if the victim is Elvin?

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Ancient Christmas Traditions Bibliography
A Brief History Of Christmas Traditions – TIME http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2037505,00.html#ixzz2lP4L8aHp

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Mistletoe-The-Evolution-of-a-Christmas-Tradition.html

http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/history/mistletoe.htm#YDSZOcqrw1T8ICeJ.99

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30 thoughts on “Naughty and Nice Blog Hop Dec 11- 16, 2013

  1. Kathy O says:

    Name: Kathy Osborn
    Email: koala571@msn.com

    Comment: My favorite is putting up the Christmas Tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. It always gives up a warm feeling when it is up. I love paranormal romance and your books sounds great.Thanks for the hop and giveaway.
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  2. Erika Messer says:

    Name: Erika Messer
    Email: abbyswarriormom@aol.com
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    My favorite tradition has always been decorating the Christmas tree and making our cutout Christmas cookies :)

  3. Barbara Gamble says:

    Name: Barbara
    Email: bkg0605@aol.com
    Comment: I love decorating the tree.
    We make an evening of it. Dinner, decorating, egg nog…
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.
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  4. CareyAbbott says:

    Time to give away another prize!!!! And the winner is…Barbara Gamble. Congrat! You have won the following prize.
    Ebook-First and Again-Jana Richards

    I will send you an email and forward your email to the author.

  5. Tina Reiter says:

    Name: Tina Reiter
    Email: smutbooks@Gmail.com
    Comment: thanks for the giveaway! Christmas eve with my family is the best!
    Twitter: follow @tinar1121
    Facebook: follow @Tina Eastham Reiter
    Country: United States

  6. Name: Kathryn Anne Merkel
    Email: drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com
    Comment: Christmas Eve with my dad’s family, eating lasagna & christmas cookies.
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    Goodreads: Friended
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  7. Name: Kimberly Mayberry
    Email: kbinmich@yahoo.com
    Comment: My favorite tradition is baking a birthday cake for Jesus.
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    Country you live in: US

    • My husband, who was raised Jehovah Witness, was shocked when he asked me if I thought Jesus was born on Dec. 25th/ Christmas and I said no. And answered that we don’t know when he was born – shepherds in the field at night wouldn’t have been in wintertime, but possibly spring. That Dec. 25th was the date the church picked to observe his birth. He said hundreds of people he spoke with door-to-door insist it’s the day Jesus was born & his religion has been taught to use that against people.
      So if you make Jesus a cake, do you add candles? If so, do you and your family blow them out? That’s a cool tradition. Thank you for stopping by.

  8. Eva Millien says:

    Eva Millien
    evamillien at gmail dot com
    My favorite tradition is we open our family presents on Christmas Eve and then we wake up Christmas morning for Santa and then we have dinner at one set of Grandparents and the other either the weekend before or the weekend after Christmas, and then of course in laws and other related family members in between. Makes for a great holiday season. Thanks for sharing the hop. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season!
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  9. Michelle Willms
    michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com
    My favorite tradition was followed when I was a child living in a Spanish village in New Mexico. On Christmas Eve, everyone went visiting. This meant we traveled from house to house sampling all the fare. My mom was known for her wonderful desserts, so we prepared for our visitors for a couple of very long days beforehand. Late that night, a very secretive sect of men would carry a huge wooden cross up the mountain in recognition of Christ’s later journey. They walked barefoot, in long white robes, no matter if the ground was covered in feet of snow. No one was supposed to watch them, so of course, we all tried to see them. Then it was to bed, up for presents, a great breakfast, more visiting, a huge dinner and more visiting. We’ve moved away and I’ve never had that sense of camaraderie again. Nor have I felt as safe.
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  10. Virginia H says:

    Name: Virginia Horton
    Email:lead@hotsheet.com
    Comment: Loved your post! My favorite tradition is going to my sister’s house on Christmas eve for a large dinner and going to mother in laws on Christmas day. Spending time with the family.
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  11. Name: Shelly Hammond
    Email: booski24@hotmail.com
    Comment:
    I love reading the Christmas traditions that others have. It’s so much fun to know and sometimes it’s even fun to add (or steal but add sounds better) their traditions into your own in some way. We do quite a few here although through the years many have dropped off and changed. The ones that seem to be the biggest here now include the Christmas Eve gathering of a few of the family members. We gather at my house and usually eat a small feast that may change every year but the kids (who are not so little anymore, some in college, some done with college, and the very youngest in 3rd grade!) always expect to have their very own pudding pies! Now that they are older though, they come in with big cheesy grins, wait for their pies, grab a fork, and just sit there and eat the whole thing. That’s one of my favorites that I’ve enjoyed the progression f over the past few years :D

    Thank you for all the great facts above. I didn’t know the Christmas tree of the Eggnog one! Thank you for those. I love little facts like those. The things we do and don’t know why are so much fun to figure out. Thank you!

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of new years to you and to anyone who reads this. Happy days to all!

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  12. Very interesting post, Andrea. I had no idea egg nog started in Jamestown.

    (not eligible for prize since I’m in the hop)

  13. Trix says:

    Trix
    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com
    USA
    I like decorating the tree and baking cookies!

  14. amy bowens says:

    Name: Amy Bowens
    Email: amybowens34@yahoo.com
    Comment: I loved all of the interesting facts ! My favorite tradition is decorating the tree every year with my kids we always have a blast and each year my children get to add a new ornament to the tree! thanks and have a Merry Christmas!
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  15. Name: Shadow Kohler
    Email: shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com
    Comment: Hi! My family has all kinds of traditions. On Thanksgiving, we set up the tree. On Christmas Eve, we celebrate my dads birthday and on Christmas, we have all kinds of fun! lol We dont give gifts. We get up early, cook a big dinner and sing christmas songs. Then, we eat, play games (video and board)​. After a bit, we eat junk food while watching christmas movies into the wee hours of the night! I love it!​ Ya all are so awesome! Thank you for the amazing giveaway! Very much appreciated! Thank you! Happy holidays!
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  16. bn100 says:

    Name: bn100
    Email: bn100candg at hotmail dot com
    Comment: decorating the tree together
    Country you live in: US

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