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Merry Christmas vs. Happy Christmas vs. Cheers to All

If you have any friends from Europe, you may have noticed they tend to say "Happy Christmas" versus "Merry Christmas." Subtle yet different, right? Apparently, in the 14th Century, merry became associated with people gone wild so "happy" became the cooler, more polished expression.

With expressions of Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays, we have our own subtle undertone of words too. What used to be an easy way to cover all the ways and days you celebrate now has taken on a certain trickiness. As someone who overthinks most things, this gives me one more thing to second guess myself on. Truly, I'm only trying to wish you and your family well this season.

So in the spirit of all-encompassing holiday goodness -- Merry Happy Holidays Christmas with Cheers and Kind Everything to You! In our home, we are celebrating the birth of Christ this month, and hopefully all year long if we get it right. For all the ways you gather with your loved ones this month, may you have a blessed holiday season and a truly wonderful new year in 2024.

Thanks for reading along this season. This will be my last post of 2023 and I'll be back in January 2024. I'm so grateful for your encouragement and the time you take to support my writing by reading, commenting, and sharing the words I craft each week.

And now for the gift you didn't know you needed but were secretly hoping for - My dad's Coquito or Puerto Rican Egg Nog Recipe.

Dad's Coquito or Puerto Rican Egg Nog

1 can of Coco Lopez or Cream of Coconut

1 can of Evaporated Milk

4 eggs

1 tsp Vanilla

Cinnamon (to taste)

Nutmeg (to taste and garnish)

2 c of Rum (Optional or as desired)

7 Up or Sprite Soda to make it effervescent (to taste at the end)


Place eggs in a blender and mix for 3 minutes or until they thicken. Slowly add coconut milk and evaporated milk and blend for 1 minute. Add in Vanilla, and the desired amount of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and optional Rum. Thin the mixture with 7 Up or Sprite and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. The more you blend it, the more frothy! Serve chilled and enjoy with people you adore.

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