traditional Christmas Porridge
Christmas Special - part II, December 25, 2002
Bimbo N. Loveless and Johanna Grumblin
We at Simmerville
web want to wish you all a Merry Christmas! Add something extra to this
year's celebrations with help from Mrs Grumblin, sharing an old porridge
recipe which also includes an ancient ritual!
all have joyful memories connected to the old Christmas Porridge that Sims
have been serving for generations. I recall the magical moment when as
a little girl, on Christmas Day finding plates with porridge all over our
house. You probably share some of the memories.
the latest generations sims hardly know how to make the porridge from scratch,
our culture seems to forget some of it's important traditions, Mrs Johanna
Grumblin states. While looking through some old cooking books to plan my
household's Christmas meals this year, I found a piece of paper falling
out from the old cooking book that my mother got from her great-grandmother.
I was thrilled, as it obviously was the original recipe for the Christmas
is the main differences, Mrs Grumblin? I mean we all know the porridge,
has the recipe been changed over the years?
there's so many differences compared to the porridge you can buy in the
store. The old Christmas Porridge was part of an important ritual, and
therefore some of it's ingredients should be handled in odd ways before
the porridge was made. Like the milk, it should be boiled outdoor because
one believed it would raise the garden room score for the coming year.
tell us about that ritual. I remember it from my own childhood, although
I never practiced it as a grown up. Perhaps other Sims are not familiar
This is actually a very old tradition, I think it's known from the Ancient
SimNation where it was used to satisfy the eight Sim gods, you know. But
even when I was a girl, which already is quite some time ago, I recall
we proceeded the old ritual, but I can not remember anyone mentioning the
ritual must be done on the day when you expect Santa Sim to visit your
household. Before daylight comes, 8 plates of the Christmas Porridge must
be placed all over the house, if you don't have enough surfaces, use the
floor. Then, the clue is whether all eight plates will be eaten voluntarily
during the day - before daylight leaves. It's important that nobody are
told to eat, it should all happen on everyone's free will. Do not clean
any of the plates after eating the porridge, but leave them. Make sure
not to serve any other meals this day, and if your household is a small
one, invite over some friends to help with the eating.
everything goes well, all 8 plates are eaten. When it gets dark, you shall
check on all 8 plates, if they are all empty, it means your household has
pleased all eight gods and the Christmas experience will be great for you
all. For each plate which is still full or removed and cleaned, the glory
of this prophecy will fade a little. My mother used to say that if more
than 3 plates were untouched, we might need to consider cancelling the
celebrations, and if all 8 were eaten, the prophecy would even last for
the whole Winter.
that the plates shall not be moved except when eating the porridge. So
make sure you don't place them on surfaces you know will be needed during
the day. And it's also a good idea to go early to bed after serving the
9th plate for Santa Sim.
you, Mrs Grumblin. I'm sure this old ritual will become pretty popular
again this year!
Christmas from us to you!