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Winter Holiday Traditions Part 1

Winter Holiday Traditions Part 1

Removing fruitcakes from their baking tins, 1939, Courtesy of Library of Congress

Removing fruitcakes from their baking tins, 1939, Courtesy of Library of Congress

The following are excerpts from holiday food description from circa 1941 Virginia. It comes from the WPA records in the archives of the Library of Congress:

The two big fruit cakes were made weeks ago, right after the butchering was finished. Over each was poured a cup of homemade wine. The cakes were then wrapped in paper and put away to ripen. . . served with egg nog, and wine, usually homemade, for those who do not want anything as potent as the traditional Christmas drink.”

Wine making in the US South has a long tradition. Folks made wine out of just about anything including dandelions, wild berries, peaches etc. it’s interesting to read today what sounds like people getting ripped on Christmas spiked fruitcake and homemade wines.

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