Words of the Day — Holiday Edition

This strange pocket of time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is upon us. It also makes timely updating of Word of the Day posts a bit difficult, due to time-space thingamajiggyness.

Anyway, so I’m taking this time to give you, not two, but FOUR words/phrases, all holiday-related, in this one MEGAPOST, as my Holiday gift to you.

Merry NewMas!

Samhain

ˈsouən/
noun
  1. The first day of November, celebrated by the ancient Celts as a festival marking the beginning of winter. Celebrations include reflecting on, and honoring, passed ancestors.
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    Pictured: Something from Samhain that is eerily familiar…

Bough

bou/
noun

  1. a main branch of a tree.
    “apple boughs laden with blossom”
    synonyms: branch, limb, arm, offshoot
    “snow-laden pine boughs”

Holly

Pictured: a BOUGH of holly with which to deck your halls.

Auld Lang Syne

ôld laNG ˈzīn,ˈsīn/
noun

  1. times long past. (Scottish in origin — Gaelic)

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Pictured: the literal definition of that weird part of the New Years Song nobody can sing correctly.

wassail

ˈwäsəl,-ˌsāl/Submit
archaic
noun

  1. spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve.

verb

  1. drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
  2. go from house to house at Christmas singing carols.
    “here we go a-wassailing”

Beer-Wassail

Pictured: Something yummeh that you probably haven’t tried yet. WHY HAVEN’T YOU TRIED WASSAIL YET?

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