Hooray, it’s Scrabble™ Week! With the nights drawing in and the Christmas invites going out, it’s the perfect time of year to get together around your favourite board game and let the annual family tournament commence.
Here are a dozen delightful Christmassy words you can send your ‘truelove’ (which is a word in itself) – even if you can’t fit them too easily on a Scrabble board.
They are real – honest!!
CAGANER: a squatting defecating figure in a Catalan Christmas creche scene – nice!
FAROLITO: a paper lantern used by Hispanics in Christmas processions
GLOGG: a hot spiced wine and liquor punch served in Scandinavia as a Christmas drink – yum!!
JONCANOE: a Caribbean Christmas dance ceremony
LUMINARIA: a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern
MARCHPANE: an old word for marzipan used to coat Christmas cakes
MUMMERING: a Christmas time house-visiting tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador – unlikely to come up in Scrabble with only 2 M’s in the set!!
POHUTUKAWA: a New Zealand evergreen which has clusters of red flowers in December, so called the Christmas tree
SCHLUMBERGERA: a Brazilian cactus with red flowers, also known as Christmas cactus
TUKTU: an Inuit word for the caribou or reindeer
ZAMPOGNA: an Italian bagpipe used in Christmas music
and – last but not least….ZYGOCACTUS: another Brazilian cactus, aka the Christmas cactus.
Christmas Quiz – what’s the difference between a SCHLUMBERGERA and a ZYGOCACTUS????!!
By Mark Nyman
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