Category Archives: Etymology (the origin and history of words)

What’s a Sugarplum? (And Other Christmas Queries)

Hello everyone!

Have you ever wondered what a sugarplum is?  How about plum pudding?

With the controversy over the meaning of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” I’ve been wondering about the history behind some of our favorite Christmas words.  If you too have been curious about this, check out the articles below:

“9 Christmas Words with Surprising Histories” by Merriam-Webster.com

mistletoe 2Words in the order they are presented:

  • sugarplum
  • mistletoe
  • gingerbread
  • plum pudding
  • eggnog
  • bough
  • spruce
  • crèche
  • carol

“The Origins of 12 Christmas Words” by Paul Anthony Jones

Rudolf 1Words in the order they are presented:

  • bauble
  • carol
  • chestnut
  • eggnog
  • frankincense
  • gift
  • mistletoe
  • poinsettia
  • Rudolf
  • tinsel
  • turkey
  • yule

Happy writing and merry Christmas!

Katie