"Eggnogging," one of the biggest American traditions, dated back to the Colonial days, supplanting the English tradition of wassailing.
An egg and cream-based drink, eggnog differed from wassail, which used fruit as a base for an alcoholic concoction. George Washington's recipe called for one quart of cream, one quart of milk, a dozen eggs, one pint of brandy, a half pint of rye, a quarter pint of rum and a quarter pint of sherry.
The beliefs endorse the virtues of the antebellum South, viewing the American Civil War as an honorable struggle for the Southern way of life while minimizing or denying the central role of slavery.
Had an egg-nog to-night but did not enjoy it much as we had no ladies to share it with us," Moore wrote on Dec. In Virginia, Lucy Rebecca Buck wrote in her diary on Dec.
The Lost Cause portrayed the South as more profoundly Christian than the greedy North.
It portrayed the slavery system as more benevolent than cruel, emphasizing that it taught Christianity and civilization.
(See Cornerstone Speech.) Supporters often stressed the idea of secession as a defense against a Northern threat to their way of life and said that the threat violated the states' rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
They believed any state had the right to secede, a point strongly denied by the North.