What is “Face the Music”?

“Facing the music” means to accept the consequences of your actions. This expression was first used in the 1850’s and its origins are uncertain. Some people believe the expression comes from musical theater. In this case, an inexperienced actor would need to summon his courage to face the audience – which required also facing the more critical musicians in the orchestra pit.

Another explanation is that “face the music” has a military origin, when a disgraced soldier was dismissed from the regiment to the sound of drums. (Source)

Happy National Candy Cane Day!

National Candy Cane Day is celebrated on December 26.

Candy canes have a long history. In 1670, the choirmaster at Germany’s Cologne Cathedral gave children sticks of sugar candy, bent into the shape of a shepherd’s crook. This crook symbolized how Jesus, the Good Sheppard, watched over children like little lambs. This tradition spread throughout Europe and people realized that the upside-down crook looked like a “J” for Jesus.

In 1844, a recipe was created for a white candy cane with red stripes. Candy canes were used as tree decorations starting in the late 1800s. By then there were many explanations for how the candy cane represented Jesus – including that the white color represents his Virgin birth and the red represents God’s love.  Today, more than 2 billion candy canes are sold in the four weeks preceding Christmas and Hanukkah. (Source)

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What is “Born with a Silver Spoon in Your Mouth?”

This expression refers to people who were born into a wealthy family. Although the expression is widely used to describe the British aristocracy, it first appeared in print in the United States in 1801.

Spoons in the middle ages were traditionally made of wood. Only the wealthy could afford to eat with silver utensils. It was also a tradition for godparents to give their godchildren a silver spoon at their christening. A wealthy child, therefore, was one who used a silver spoon. (Source)

What is “Knuckle Down”?

This expression is believed to originate from the game of marbles. If you’ve never played marbles, the rules are very simple. You try to hit your opponent’s marble with your own, by throwing or rolling your marble. If you want to get serious about aiming, you would make a fist with your knuckles down on the ground to steady your shot. “Knuckling down” has evolved beyond marbles and means to take something seriously. (Source)