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When Jack Frost Nips at Your Nose

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The term Jack Frost nipping at your nose means that it is freezing cold outside. The name Jack Frost comes from the ancient Norse figure Jokul Frosti who was a wicked frost giant who once served as the personification of ice and snow. This term takes on a romantic context in the Christmas song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” by Nat King Cole.

‘Tis the season” became popular over time but no one is really quite sure of its meaning. The word contraction ‘tis goes way back to the early 1700s.

The one saying I really like is Peace on Earth. How nice if at one time this would refer to the entire world. It is a saying that is meant to make people feel happy and relaxed around the holidays. Peace on Earth, goodwill to men is part of an original Christmas song.

When the holidays are done we ring in the New Year. The last day of December or New Year’s Eve is always a time for great merriment.

Another common saying for ringing in the New Year is Auld Lang Syne. Once midnight rings in everyone is singing. Auld Lange Syne is a Scots poem that was written by Robert Burns in 1788 and was set to the tune of a traditional folk song. Auld means “old” and syne means “since or then”. It basically means “days gone by”.  This song always brings back bittersweet memories and hopes for a better New Year.


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