Day 2: Cola de Mono

Mmmm. Alcoholic beverages. Who doesn’t love an alcoholic beverage, especially on a holiday?

Yuck.

Yuck.

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Me. I don’t like alcoholic beverages.

Me aside, the answer would be most people. Come Christmas you get a lot of creamy, milk-based alcoholic beverages. Eggnog, ponche, rompope, coquito, etc. Chile has one too.

Cola de mono.

Cola de mono.

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Since Chile is a largely Catholic country, Christmas holds a special place on the calendar. It’s a time to get together with friends and family, eat, drink, and generally celebrate. The only equivalents would be New Year’s Day and September 18th (Chilean Independence Day). Since Christmas falls during the height of summer, the holiday has been adapted to fit the climate and culture of Chile.

Let me voice some of the obvious questions that are running through your mind right now.

Do Chileans eat fresh vegetable salads during Christmas dinner? Of course they do. Does Santa wear shorts? Ya darn tootin’. Is their milk-based alcoholic beverage of choice served cold?

You betcha.

I don't understand. Where are the brussels sprouts?

I don’t understand. Where are the brussels sprouts?

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Day 1: Christmas in China

Christmas is the most important day of the year in China.

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What is this magic?

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No it’s not, I’m totally lying.

The most important day/festival of the year is the New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. Children are given new clothes, delicious meals, small toys, and firecrackers (always a good idea to give a child a firecracker). They pay respects to their elders and spend time with family.

How stupid adorable is this?

How stupid adorable is this?

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Sounds a bit like western Christmas, amirite?

Christmas is celebrated in China, as well. Sort of.

OH MY GOD.

OH MY GOD.

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Tidbit Tuesday: Turn of the Century GMOs

What’s that I smell? Another Tidbit Tuesday!?

I love you, Mrs. Beeton.

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This week I’m sharing some postcards created by one William H. “Dad” Martin. No relation.

I had to.

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Martin was a photographer located in Ottawa, Kansas during the turn of the century. He started out in 1894 as a photographer but it wasn’t until 1908 when he started using trick photography that he hit the big time.

“Taking geese to market” from 1909. Really big geese.

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That was a pun. I made a punny.

Martin produced a series of postcards, many of which featured hugely exaggerated images of food. The photos were so popular that over the next three years he earned the equivalent of more money than I will ever have in my entire life.

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Last Year on 25 Days of Christmas (Food)…

Remember last year when I went insane and wrote a post a day for the 25 days prior to Christmas?

I think this is actually someone’s house.

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I’m doing it again this year.

Me on December 26th.

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While you reflect on my poor decision making, here’s the 25 (technically 26 because one was a two-parter) posts I did last Christmas.

Poor decision making. Ya know, kinda like getting a lower back tattoo.

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Tidbit Tuesday: Let’s Get Turkeyfied

Aloha! That’s Polish for “Holy crap, it’s Tidbit Tuesday!”

THEY’RE MINI TURKEY BURGERS!!!

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Thanksgiving is on Thursday. It’s a day for us to eat all the green bean casserole and take all the naps and have all the family fights. Those things are, of course, essential to a proper Thanksgiving, but the real star of the day is our tricky friend, the turkey.

Ooooooh so fiiiiine.

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Tidbit Tuesday: Yamology

It’s Tidbit Tuesday. Rejoice!

Tiny tubers on Tidbit Tuesday. BOOM.

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It’s nearing Thanksgiving so today we’re going to talk about yams. Not all about yams because, frankly, it would take several posts. The history of the yam is complicated and lengthy and, while I think it would be mega interesting, I want to keep it simple.

So I’m going to tell you a bit about yam mythology. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about yam rituals.

An Abelam yam mask. The Abelam people put these masks on their yams to transform them into the yam god.

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The yam is a staple in many cultures. There are tons of species all over the world and for the most part they aren’t that different from each other. People use the word “yam” to talk about other root crops, like sweet potatoes, taro, and oca, but they aren’t the same root. The confusion comes from the origin of the word “yam.”

Story time!

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Tidbit Tuesday: Candy and Trick-or-Treating

Wut wuuuuuut it’s time for another Tidbit Tuesday!

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I had a discussion the other day with my coworkers about how we trick-or-treated. There was talk of plastic orange pumpkins, shopping bags, and pillowcases (my weapon of choice). One girl even used a McDonald’s Happy Meal box. Then we talked about how awesome candy is and everyone should eat candy all the time and then not get obese and die.

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But why do we trick-or-treat for candy on Halloween? Where did that tradition start? When did it start? Why candy?

Because CANDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

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Well, it started in America. To understand why it started we need to talk a little about the beginning of Halloween in North America. Very, very briefly.

Briefs.

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