On this Whiskey Wednesday let’s talk about some holiday traditions. While it may seem a stretch to some people to combine Christmas and Whiskey, whiskey is more traditional than milk and cookies.
In Ireland, for example, whiskey flavors and probably colors all parts of the season.
From the Irish Christmas cake which is made in early December and eaten with a drink of tea or whiskey was a symbol of hospitality of the season. It is full of currants, sultanas, and other fruits soaked in whiskey. The fruit should enjoy the holiday, too!
On Christmas Eve in Ireland it is traditional to leave out snacks for Santa, but a pint of Guinness or dram of whiskey is traditional.
Of course at the traditional greeting and toast, whiskey glasses raised, is Nollaig Shona Duit.
Ireland isn’t the only country where whiskey traditions abound during the holidays. Of course, Scotland is an easy second guess, but other countries in the UK also enjoy a good Christmas cake during the season and something lovely to drink with it.
Also, around the United States there are many Christmas traditions that whiskey are a part of.
I know of families who make a Whiskey punch every Christmas. The adults seem almost as excited for this tradition as children are waiting for the fat man in the red suit.
One of the traditions that I remember taking part in was when a group of friends would stop by annually for a Christmas toast. They went to the houses of friends and shared a drink, raising glasses in a toast of good cheer. It was always whiskey.
Do the people in your life have whiskey traditions for the holidays?
If you don’t it is not too late to start one. My personal favorite is leaving a glass of whiskey (and a pint of Guinness if I’m being honest) out for Santa with a nice plate of cheese.
Whatever your Christmas traditions, whiskey or not, my toast to you on this Whiskey Wednesday and this holiday season is:
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks bedside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.