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How a simple mistake turned into a beloved family tradition: The story of Crisp'n Eve'n

Hey friends, it's that time of year again. Crisp'n Eve'n. 

In case you aren't familiar with this holiday, it stems from my misunderstanding of the carol Good King Wenceslas

I was convinced that the song celebrated an Old English or Celtic holiday of "Crisp'n Eve'n."

I thought this was true for more than 40 years. 

Then one day, I sang the carol for my kids. They said, "Wait... WHAT?"  

"Mom, what are you singing?!?" 

I explained how the Good King celebrated Crisp'n Eve'n and how it's best expressed with a brogue or an accent to really get into the holiday spirit. 

The girls laughed so hard they cried.

Then they patiently explained to me that the lyric is "the snow lay round about/

Deep and crisp and even." 

So now every December 12, 12 days before Christmas we celebrate what I thought was holiday - Crisp'n Eve'n.

We order pizza and tell Christmas jokes. You know, because Good King Wenceslas likes his pizza "deep and crisp and even.

So, if you have any family appropriate (they are teenagers now so it's a wide open term now) holiday jokes, please send them my way!!!


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