Hallo all. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m Decadent’s resident Mad Scientist, Cook and Bartender. As such, it makes perfect sense for me to take a step behind the turntables today.
You did see the ‘MAD’ part before scientist?
Anyhow, there’s a lot of magic in the air this time of year. Because of my Mad Scientist Code of Professional Ethics, I’ve no choice but to take it all apart and see how it works. Because that’s what madboys do. Look at it this way; once you know how it works, you can make it happen again, and Again, and AGAIN! Muah ha ha ha!
What was I talking about? Oh, yeah, Holiday Magic.
For good or for ill, holidays are an emotional time for everyone. Often those emotions are etched in sense memories we aren’t consciously aware of. For years we go through life reacting to smells and tastes and sounds without knowing why. Sometimes we even attribute those feelings to what’s happening at the time, whether the emotion fits the occasion or not.
The cinnamon and pepper smells of pfefferneuse cooking in the oven. The ginger and cinnamon and sweet gourd as the pie heats. The caramelizing sugar and cinnamon overlaying the apples in the other pie. The savory smell of the turkey frying in its own juices.
The salty, savory taste of the gravy smothering the plate. The smooth, milky taste of butter in the potatoes and carrots and corn. The sweet taste of cream coating the pies.
What? Let Joy and Innocence Prevail isn’t traditionally a holiday song, but I first heard it as part of a Christmas movie, and forever after it’s emotionally linked to Christmas. ‘Cause that’s how human sensory emotions work. So…
Next time you wonder if it’s really worth it to go to all the trouble to bake that pie, to dig out those Christmas albums, to find that old holiday show on Netflix, rest assured that it will pull back all the memories from when you were little and Christmas meant presents under the tree appearing as if by magic. If you’re currently the one putting them under the tree, that goes double! You’re the ones laying down those memories for future generations.
With Christmas presents under the tree in mind, I’ve got some Christmas presents to give away!
In the comments, tell me the first smell, taste or sound that makes you think of the holidays! If you remember, take some time and tell me why! One week from now, after all the wrapping paper has settled out of the air and the birthday parties are over, I’ll have Lucien (his birthday is on the 27th) pick one of your names out of the hat to receive... *drum roll*
A copy of A Christmas Evening Vigil (because there are no toys like SteamPunk toys), an iTunes gift certificate (for the holiday tunes!), a Harry and David gift certificate (for the holiday foods!), and a bag of Pfefferneuse (Mom sent me the recipe!).
I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say!
Oh, and since it’s traditional for the guy with the white hair and beard to say tonight, , Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Robert C. Roman