Voices of Christmas Past: Eggnog Pie

I tolerate two days and enjoy two hours of Christmas music. Today I have been listening to “Santa FM” on the radio and have reached my limit. I notice that most of the good songs are sung by dead singers: Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Burl Ives, etc. Not sure about Mannheim Steamroller. 

Could be there’s a modern radio wave beaming out festive holiday tunes by Pit Bull, Pink, Drake, or Beyoncé that you can sing along with, but I’ll never know. Can one of today’s musical stars really come out with a snappier version of Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” or bring tears to your eyes like Judy Garland does with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas?” Along with World War II veterans, the conservative wisdom of the GOP, basketball fans who remember when the Knicks were good, and people who have used a floppy disc, an entire world of holiday memories may soon be gone—knowing all the verses to “Up on the Housetop” among them.

So gather round the plastic Christmas tree, flick the switch on your battery-operated candles, tell Alexa to turn on the gas fireplace, bang out “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” on GarageBand, wave your lit-up iPhone in the air, and lift a glass of locally-brewed, Artisan beer to the sounds of Christmas past. 

Eggnog Pie

  • 1 T. gelatin
  • 1⁄4 c. lukewarm water
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1⁄4 t. salt
  • 1⁄2 c. hot milk or 1⁄2 & 1⁄2
  • 1 t. rum flavoring 
  • 1⁄4 t. nutmeg
  • Heavy cream whipped with sugar and vanilla to taste

Sprinkle gelatin on lukewarm water to dissolve. 

Combine egg yolks with half the sugar and beat until light yellow. Add salt and hot milk. Cook in double boiler until mixture coats spoon.

Add softened gelatin to egg yolk mixture. Cool in refrigerator until egg yolk/milk/gelatin mixture is slightly thickened. Don’t forget about it or the gelatin will set and the whipped egg whites will be difficult to incorporate. 

Whip egg whites and remaining 1⁄2 c. sugar to soft peak. Fold cooled egg yolk/sugar/salt/milk mixture into beaten egg whites. (First lighten egg yolk/sugar mixture by whisking in a bit of the beaten egg white. Then fold in the remainder.) 

Add rum flavoring and nutmeg. Pour into baked 8 inch pie shell. Refrigerate 

Serve with sweetened whipped cream.


Here are a few of my favorite Christmas tunes. 

Harry Belafonte, Mary’s Boy Child

Joni Mitchell, River

Jona Lewie, Stop the Cavalry

There is not an understandable word in this entire video, so here are the lyrics.
Hey, Mr. Churchill comes over here
To say we’re doing splendidly
But it’s very cold, out here in the snow,
Marching to win from the enemy
Oh I say it’s tough, I have had enough
Can you stop the cavalry?
I have had to fight, almost every night
Down throughout these centuries
That is when I say, oh yes yet again
Can you stop the cavalry?
Mary Bradley waits at home
In the nuclear fall-out zone
Wish I could be dancing now
In the arms of the girl I love
Wish I was at home for Christmas
Bang! That’s another bomb on another town
While the Czar and Jim have tea
If I get home, live to tell the tale
I’ll run for all presidencies
If I get elected I’ll stop, I will stop the cavalry
Wish I was at home for Christmas
Wish I could be dancing now
In the arms of the girl I love
Mary Bradley waits at home
She’s been waiting two years long
Wish I was at home for Christmas

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4 Responses to Voices of Christmas Past: Eggnog Pie

  1. ️Monica Lejeune says:

    Merry Christmas, Marla!
    As usual, your posts make me laugh…a great gift!

  2. Kathy says:

    It’s definitely a tough time right now. I listen to Sounds of the Season on channel 900 something on Xfinity. They have all the old songs on there. My kids groan when I have it on but it makes me feel Chrismasy!!

    Have a good two days (ha ha). Love you both!!

  3. Jenni says:

    Happy Christmas! About to make my pumpkin and pecan pies using a tip from Marla — get Trader Joe’s pie crusts!

  4. Beth says:

    The filling for this eggnog pie is very much like my Mother’s traditional Danish pudding that was dessert for Christmas dinner. The only real difference is that it wasn’t in a pie shell and there was a whole almond buried in the pudding. Who ever got the almond in their serving got a special gift.

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