On the Sixth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me . . .
six geese a-laying—which brings to mind our neighborhood’s terribly brazen geese that tenaciously protect their young, going after any innocent passerby with raucous honking and hissing.
But when the 12 Days of Christmas was sung, geese were commonly kept in England, largely as a food source, eventually becoming the traditional main course for Christmas.
A goose generally lays only 30–50 eggs per year, as opposed to a chicken’s nearly 200, but the eggs are larger and rich, making them ideal for baking.
By giving geese that are actively laying, the true love either is ensuring that the flock will increase—or is hoping for a special dessert!
So, in the spirit of geese—that mate for life and fiercely protect their brood—celebrate the holidays with your loved ones.
And raise a cup of Eierlikör tea.
Although this brew contains no eggs (goose or chicken), this creamy blend evokes rich eggnog (German Eier means “eggs”).
Rooibos is native only to the Western Cape of South Africa, where is it a popular drink; translated from Afrikaans, rooibos means “red bush.” It is a legume, the same family to which peas and clover belong. It does not contain caffeine, is low in tannins, and, like tea, has a lot of antioxidants.
Eierlikör has slivers of reddish-brown rooibos interspersed with pretty sunflower and mallow blossoms, yielding an orangish-brown liquor that is sweet and creamy.
A bonus: Eierlikör comes without the calories of eggnog—and you don’t need to contend with Mom Goose over her eggs!
Eierlikör is available at TeaHaus.
Source: Nugent, C. “On the sixth day of Christmas,” Hub Pages, December 27, 2010.