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Southern Holiday Food Traditions

A little late for Christmas this year, but on time for the New Year; I wanted to post some Southern Holiday food traditions and their origins.  This time of the year holds so much meaning and much of what we do are traditions passed on from generation to generation.  Some of these traditions have origins from the War for Southern Independence and before, but over time the true meaning has been lost for some.  Where did the foods we eat come from?  Despite liberal PC Southern holiday foods are not all about soul food, but stem from many European traditions and humble Southern beginnings.

Black-eyed peas and greens:

These modest foods have monumental meaning for a  Southerner for the New Year.  The tradition of eating black-eyed peas and greens on the New Year is believed to date back to the War for Southern Independence.  Because the land and the people were devastated by Sherman’s troops who ignored black-eyed peas and greens as animal fodder it became a sustaining staple.  These enabled Confederates to survive and are now eaten to represent thanksgiving and a prosperous future.  Southern folklore is that black-eyed peas are one of the first foods eaten on New Year’s Day in recipes like Hoppin’ John.

Pecan Pie:

It is said that the French created the pecan pie, or New Orleans pecan pie.  After settling in New Orleans the native Indians familiarized them with the pecan, which they then mixed with syrup into a pie and is now often related to the holiday season.

Yule log:

Originating from a pagan tradition of burning a log at the winter solstice to signify the return of the sun this tradition was embraced by Christians who decorated the log before burning it.  Napoleon issued a decree that Paris homes must keep their chimneys closed in the winter and bakers created the buche de Noel, or the Yule log.  The tradtion was brought over by French settlers and continued in America.  Americans put their own spin on it when faced fireplace free homes in the 1970’s because of the introduction of the heat pump and would tune their televisions to a TV network who played a looped video of a burning fireplace on Christmas Eve.  This was where we got the Yule log DVD of today.

What Southern holiday food traditions do you have in your home and where did they come from?  Share with our Southern community your stories and favorite recipes.

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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in heritage, Uncategorized

 

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The American 21st Century

This is a very interesting story from the National Review and worth while reading.  What is most interesting is the fact that just about all the ills which ebb and flow in the U.S. come from liberals in the Northeast, Chicago and West Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle.  The corruption and immorality  in DC and Wall Street is staggering.  Given the Libs have little or no real moral compass they think things will continue and time and time again, hardworking middle America largely Southerners and families from the Plain States, pull the nation back from the abyss to our more traditional heritage and values.

“The current debt, recession, wars, and political infighting have depressed Americans into thinking their country soon will be overtaken by more vigorous rivals abroad. Yet this is an American fear as old as it is improbable.

In the 1930s, the Great Depression supposedly marked the end of freewheeling American capitalism. The 1950s were caricatured as a period of mindless American conformity, McCarthyism, and obsequious company men.

By the late 1960s, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., along with the Vietnam War, had fueled a hippie counterculture that purportedly was going to replace a toxic American establishment. In the 1970s, oil shocks, gas lines, Watergate, and new rustbelts were said to be symptomatic of a post-industrial, has-been America.

At the same time, other nations, we were typically told, were doing far better.

In the late 1940s, with the rise of a postwar Soviet Union that had crushed Hitler’s Wehrmacht on the eastern front during World War II, Communism promised a New Man as it swept through Eastern Europe.

Mao Zedong took power in China and inspired Communist revolutions from North Korea to Cuba. Statist central planning was going to replace the unfairness and inefficiency of Western-style capitalism. Yet just a half-century later, Communism had either imploded or been superseded in most of the world.

By the early 1980s, Japan’s state capitalism along with emphasis on the group rather than the individual was being touted as the ideal balance between the public and private sectors. Japan Inc. continually outpaced the growth of the American economy. Then, in the 1990s, a real-estate bubble and a lack of fiscal transparency led to a collapse of property prices and a general recession. A shrinking and aging Japanese population, led by a secretive government, has been struggling ever since to recover the old magic.”

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The Political Cesspool At Graceland

TPC VIDEO: Visiting Graceland

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in heritage, Tennessee

 

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Statehood For Texas

After several failed attempts to annex with the United States, due to political opposition from Northern factions, Texas was finally granted annexation on December 29, 1845.  Texas did not have the ability to enforce its Rio Grande border, however the United States military did.  Mexico dissolved their political relations with US over the annexation Texas.  It seems a shame that the Republic of Texas was dissolved, however her spirit and heritage is alive and well.  Congratulations Texas on 165 years of statehood.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in Texas

 

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2011 – The 175th Anniversary Of The Battle Of The Alamo

For 13 days in 1836, around 200 Texas defenders held the Alamo from over one thousand of General Santa Anna’s troops. The defenders, William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett, would die fighting overwhelming odds for freedom.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in heritage, Texas

 

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Ron Paul: Social Security is not “Insurance”

Perhaps the biggest media story of 2010 was the influence of Tea Party voters on the congressional landscape.  The new congress comes to Capitol Hill with a mandate to end profligate spending and restore fiscal sanity, we are told.  But when the House and Senate convene in January, the newly elected members will face tremendous pressure to maintain spending levels for entitlement programs.  Even the most modest proposals to trim Social Security or Medicare spending will be met with howls of indignation and threats of voter revolt.  Legislators who propose any kind of means testing or increased retirement ages can expect angry visits from senior citizen lobbyists ready to fund a candidate back home who supports the status quo.
 
But millions of Americans now realize that the status quo is an illusion that will not last even another 10 or 20 years.  The federal government cannot continue to spend a trillion dollars more than it collects in revenue each year, because we are running out of creditors.  Fiscal reality is setting in, and the consequences may be grim even if Congress finds the courage to take decisive action now.
 
Courage begins with a commitment to see things as they are, rather than how we wish they were.  When it comes to Social Security, we must understand that the system does not represent an old age pension, an “insurance” program, or even a forced savings program.  It simply represents an enormous transfer payment, with younger workers paying taxes to fund benefits.  There is no Social Security trust fund, and you don’t have an “account.”  Whether you win or lose the Social Security lottery is a function of when you happened to be born and how long you live to collect benefits.  Of course young people today have every reason to believe they will never collect those benefits.
 
Notice that neither political party proposes letting people opt out of Social Security, which exposes the lie that your contributions are set aside and saved.  After all, if your contributions really are put aside for your retirement, the money is there earning interest, right?  If your money is in your “account,” what difference would it make if your neighbor chooses not to participate in the program?  The truth, of course, is that your contributions are not put aside.  Social Security is simply a tax.  Like all taxes, the money collected is spent immediately as general revenue to fund the federal government.  But no administration will admit that Social Security is nothing more than an accounting ledger with no money.  You will collect benefits only if future tax revenues materialize as hoped; the money you paid into the system is long gone.
 
My hope is that at least some members of the new Congress will cut through the distortions and see Social Security as it really is. The best way to fix the impending Social Security crisis is also the simplest: allow younger individuals to opt out of the program and use their tax savings to invest privately as they see fit.  This is the true private solution.  Your money has never been safe in the government’s hands, and it never will be.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in Federal Government, Texas

 

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EWTN Family Prayer – To be the Lord’s Instruments

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2010 in Religion

 

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