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Wondrous Words Wednesday – The Holiday Edition

December 21, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

Today, I decided to explore some often used, but not always understood, holiday words.

1. Waissaling – “Here we come a’waissaling, among the leaves so green.”

Waissaling is the practice of going door-to-door singing and offering a drink from the waissal bowl in exchange for gifts.  Waissal is a kind of Christmas punch.


2. Shamash– “For the first night, we will need a shamash and one candle.”

The shamash is the extra candle on the menorah that is used to light the other eight candles.


3. Kinara– “A new candle is lit on the kinara each day.”

A kinara is a candleholder for seven candles used in celebrating Kwanzaa.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2016 8:13 am

    Holiday edition – how fun!

  2. bookingmama permalink
    December 21, 2016 9:07 am

    What a great idea… and I learned a few words!

  3. December 21, 2016 9:09 am

    All good picks – two I didn’t know!

  4. December 21, 2016 10:13 am

    Love the holiday edition … I knew one out of three words!

  5. December 21, 2016 2:27 pm

    Love these holiday words, didn’t know any of them!

  6. December 21, 2016 2:52 pm

    I only knew the first one, enjoyed the words.

  7. December 21, 2016 4:14 pm

    Wohoo I new the first one

  8. December 21, 2016 6:11 pm

    The second two words were new to me! Happy holidays, Kathy!

  9. December 21, 2016 6:24 pm

    This sounds like a fun meme; I might have to participate sometime!

  10. December 22, 2016 12:38 am

    I almost knew “wassailing,” should have known “shames,” (shame on me). And flat out didn’t know “kinara.”

  11. December 23, 2016 2:02 am

    I enjoyed this and learned two new words.

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