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Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

(I'm not sure what you call it when you learn something that turns out to be true, but in an entirely scrundful way. Perhaps a pseudo-scrund, to employ an overused prefix. Anyway...)

How did I learn (aged 5), that people drank alcohol at Christmas?
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By sampling? (OK, I knew it wouldn't be that easy.)
Somebody told you that eggnog was not for kids, even though it may look like a kiddie drink, & has nutmeg in it?
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By sampling? No
Somebody told you that eggnog was not for kids, even though it may look like a kiddie drink, & has nutmeg in it? No. (Never consumed the stuff. It sounds horrible)
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I think it's great; very fattening tho.
So eggnot is not relevant?
Any particular type of booze relevant - e.g. beer, whiskey, wine, etc?
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So eggnog is not relevant? No. Not big in Australia
Any particular type of booze relevant - e.g. beer, whiskey Yope for this one, wine, etc?
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did lots of adults kiss you with their boozy breath?
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Did lots of adults kiss you with their boozy breath? No
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did lots of adults kiss you with their boozy breath? No
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A particular Christmas song or Christmas carrol relevant?
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A particular Christmas song or Christmas carol relevant? Yes, indeed
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Is the word merry relevant?
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Grandma had been drinking too much egg nog before she got run over by the reindeer?
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Did you mishear a lyric? Did an alcohol company use a lyric in their ads?
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Peter365
Is the word merry relevant? No

Biograd
Grandma had been drinking too much egg nog before she got run over by the reindeer? What?? No. Where did THAT come from?

Gregoryuconn
Did you mishear a lyric? No, but OTRT Did an alcohol company use a lyric in their ads? No
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Did you mishear something else?
Reinbeer instead of reindeer, perhaps? xD
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Lol Potato. Reinbeer!! That would have made a puzzle in itself.


Is the song a carol? or a christamssy pop song?
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Re: Biograd
Grandma had been drinking too much egg nog before she got run over by the reindeer? What?? No. Where did THAT come from?


Biograd's referencing the popular (but, IMO, seriously annoying) song "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer". I'm surprised you don't know it - I hear it somewhere between twenty to fifty times a day on the radio as soon as Thanksgiving's over. The only Christmas pop song I find more annoying is "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (which I ran a puzzle about before)
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Potato
Did you mishear something else? No
Reinbeer instead of reindeer, perhaps? xD Hah. Good thought, but regrettably no

Peter365
Is the song a carol? No or a christmassy pop song? More this

Kaylee- thanks for the info. I guessed there was some lame novelty Christmas song being referenced
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Did the song mention people drinking at Christmas?

Relevant when you first heard the song? Where?
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Did the song mention people drinking at Christmas? No (but..)

Relevant when you first heard the song? Yope- mostly no Where? Same
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Did the song mention an alcoholic beverage? Eggnog?
Did it mention people being drunk? Or having a hangover?
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wassailing relevant?
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Did the song mention an alcoholic beverage? Yope Eggnog? No. What is it with you people and eggnog?
Did it mention people being drunk? Or having a hangover? No to both. Don't forget this is a scrund- No alcohol was harmed during the development of this puzzle

Shez
wassailing relevant? (quickly checking a dictionary). No
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was there a word in the song which you mistook for another word?

or did you misunderstand the meaning of a word?

Christmas cheer?
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Shez
Was there a word in the song which you mistook for another word? No

or did you misunderstand the meaning of a word? YES

Christmas cheer? Not relevant
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adjective? noun? verb?

something usually only mentioned in connection with Christmas?
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adjective? noun? verb? There is a relevant 3 word expression, with one of each. The noun has the alcohol connection

something usually only mentioned in connection with Christmas? No
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was it something about Santa's whiskers?

if not actually whisk(e)y, Southern Comfort? (comfort and joy) brandy? gin? vodka? sherry? wine? port?
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was it something about Santa's whiskers? No

if not actually whisk(e)y, Southern Comfort? (comfort and joy) (OTRT for this idea) brandy? gin? vodka? sherry? wine? port? No for wine, Yope for the rest

Hint: Work out the relevant Christmas song. It is very popular with little kids.
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Frosty the snowman? Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer?

spirit? Christmas spirit?
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Jingle Bells?
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Frosty the snowman? No Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer? No

Spirit? YES! Christmas spirit?

Jingle Bells? and YES Should be easy now
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making spirits bright?
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making spirits bright? Yes of course. The other details are not important...




******SPOILER******


It's funny the things that you remember.

It was December, at the end of my first year at primary school, and our teacher took us through the lyrics of various Christmas carols and songs in preparation for an end-of-year display. One of these songs was Jingle Bells.
I had heard the song before,of course, but having just learnt to read I had never had to critically confront the lyrics before . Later at home I pondered the words, trying to make sense of them.

All that Northern Hemisphere rubbish about snow and sleighs I understood already.
"Bells on bobtail ring" didn't seem to make any sense at all (and still doesn't), but "Making spirits bright" did seem to mean something. At the time I assumed it was a stand-alone sentence describing what some people did at Christmas.

To an intelligent 5 year old with a very literal mind, the word "making" meant creating something by hand, and "bright" clearly meant brightly coloured.

But what were spirits? I asked my mother.

My mother, probably sick of her inquisitive 5 year old asking her questions all day long, and busy looking after my then-baby brother, didn't ask for the context of my enquiry. She said something to the effect that spirits were alcoholic drinks, such as the colourful ones that I had pointed out to her earlier when we were passing a local bottle shop.
So that's what "making spirits bright" meant. People apparently spent their time at Christmas concocting (and then presumably consuming), brightly-coloured alcoholic beverages.

It was at least 2 years before it dawned on me that I had misunderstood the lyrics completely.


Thank you,Shez, for sticking with this one to the end
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Good one!
I think I can clear up one mystery. A 'bobtail' is a bobtailed horse, and small bells were attached to its harness.
Why the tails of horses were 'bobbed' is another mystery.
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thanks Docd. isn't it amazing what we believe when we're little?

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