Mixing it Up for the Holidays
This week’s Wordplay Wednesday is not for the Scrooges of the world. Offered for your Holiday enjoyment … it’s Christmas!
Let’s spark some merriment and tweak the story of Santa Claus, with a twinkle in the eye, plate of milk, and cookies by the tree.
Oh, wait, there’s no time to bake or buy the cookies, and we’re out of milk! Hmmm, there must be something around here …
GORP (gôrp) n. trail mix. [And we’ll add a yummy hot toddy to take the chill off his whiskers; WW #143]
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there
I know, I know … poor substitute for soft-baked chocolate chip cookies and mustache-coating milk. Gorp is a mostly American term to describe a nutritious snack of good ol’ raisins and peanuts (for a healthier Santa), along with a little granola and dried fruit. Well, we could jazz it up with a few M&M’s. Mmmmmm …
After munching on gorp, of course, Santa’s only going to take a couple sips of the tummy warming Toddy … after all, we don’t want him to get a DUI while driving the sleigh around the world!
Fantasy mixed with fact has always been a part of life. From the myths and legends of ancient cultures, to the urbanization of modern tech tales. Try as you might, you can’t dampen the spirits of those who want to enjoy their cultural traditions. Even if they’re tweaked with gorp.
Engaging stories tinged with truth, permeate history. They’ve been re-told for centuries, with personal spins added—like switching cookies for gorp—to the delight of children in every culture. Santa Claus among the most endearing.
From St. Nicholas, to Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, to Santa Claus, traditions may differ, but the pleasure is universal.
No matter the name, the meaning is the same. Joy, generosity, laughter, and love. With a wink, a nod, and a whistle, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Word Challenge: GORP. Munch, munch, crunch … as you fit gorp into your week of traditional writing.
Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)