Editor’s Note: While the media and other leftist elites ignore the millions of folks living in “flyover” states, they do so at their own peril; it was this silent majority that put President Trump in the White House. Each week, Liberty Nation gives voice to the hard-working heartlanders who are silent no more.
Heartlanders are still grumbling over the 2020 election, but they’re setting aside sour feelings and chatter of rebellion to celebrate the birth of the Savior. Whether you disagree with the timing of the Christmas holiday, as some do, or perhaps do not believe in the miracle at all, even the prickliest of folks welcome the season that brings joy, friends, and family together to celebrate a smattering of random traditions. And those traditions include, at least amongst flyover folk, the naughty and nice lists.
Biscochitos, If You Please
New Mexico’s traditional cookie, Biscochito, is a thick, fleur-de-lis shaped sugar cookie dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Most flyover folks in New Mexico would not have a religious holiday without the treat. George Reid, a frequent commenter on From the Back Forty, places anyone baking the treat and making green chile stew on his nice list. But his tradition is to spend Christmas Eve alone, a ritual of wrapping presents, musing and reflecting, and listening to the old standards: “I wonder about Grandparents I almost remember, a brother taken way before his time and my best friend gone these two years now. What would they think of this world we find ourselves in today?”
He’s been vocal about the left this year – well, every year, but this one was troubling. And to end 2020 with a stimulus giving billions to foreign interests – and not so much the American people – was the last straw: “Just who are they trying to stimulate with this stimulus?”
In Utah. Mike McGee, another fan favorite, keeps up the southwestern traditions as well, “We do nachos McGee style. Each hand made.” On McGee’s nice list is President Trump for standing up for the American people above all else. The naughty bunch? “As far as miscreant pols – I have no use for them … a bunch of power-mongers sold out long ago. Their souls, their actions, and their votes are not their own.”
Dave Metcalf of Arizona called into action every year to make posole – hearty pork and hominy stew – for the family get together. He echoes McGee’s message, keeping America’s president on the nice list and handing out coal to the likes of “Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitt Romney, Anthony Fauci, Doug Ducey, Chief Justice John Roberts, NeverTrumpers everywhere, Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Dominion Voting Systems.” There must be a Christmas song in there somewhere. The Twelve Jerks of Christmas?
A Marathon of Tradition
Kirsten Brooker, born and raised in the great Hoosier state, is not shy about her family’s Christmas traditions. She warns, “if you can’t handle my family traditions – well – just keep on walking.” Events on the farm begin the morning of Christmas Eve and carry on well into the night, featuring songs, card games, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, and sweets and snacks like Puppy Chow and Chex Mix. Around 30 people celebrate the birth of Jesus, and no one is technically allowed to miss this one day.
On Kirsten’s coal-in-the-stocking list: The entire Democratic Party. “I’ve simply had enough of their reindeer games.”
Get Your Christmas On
No matter from where you hail, it’s time to get your Christmas on. Dress the turkey, adhere to your momma’s pajamas-only rule, and spike the eggnog. Perhaps our friends in Arkansas will fire up the Yule log or deck the Nebraska halls and strategically place the mistletoe in random doorways. And in Wisconsin, it is sure to be an open-faced Cannibal sandwich Christmas: How does raw beef, onions, capers, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings sound in celebration? Feeling lucky? Go all-in by topping with a raw egg yolk.
Perhaps this year, on second thought, skip the raw meat on rye and just stick with something cooked.
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