Restoring holiday traditions…

From our family to yours… wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a beautiful Kwanzaa.

Christmas Day Tuesday December 25th, 2018

Hanukkah December 02 thru December 10th 2018

Kwanzaa December 26th thru January 1st 2019

 

 

Restoring holiday traditions…

 

Holiday classics

There is nothing like sitting down with family and friends to watch a holiday classic. They warm our hearts, make us laugh and maybe even cry. They remind us that each day is a gift. It’s a wonderful life is a wonderful classic that reminds us that we often don’t realize the importance we have in others lives. “A man who has friends is truly rich.”A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott is a beautiful classic that let’s us know that it is never too late to make a difference in others lives. It also reminds us to never be too harsh on others because you never know the struggles they may be facing themselves. White Christmas is another great classic full of beautiful song and dance with a message about love, friendship and appreciation for our Veterans.

The Christmas tree

The holidays are full of celebrations. Each year 30 million people spend hours picking out and decorating the perfect Christmas tree. There are currently 350 million trees being grown on Christmas tree farms in the U.S. alone. Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. The average Christmas tree can use as much as 1 gallon of water a day. The general rule of thumb is 1 quart of water per inch of the trunks diameter.

 

 

 

Christmas Lights

Many believe that Martin Luther began the tradition of lights on Christmas trees. The story goes that while Luther was walking home one winter evening, he saw twinkling stars among evergreens and wanted to re-create the magical moment for his family. The tradition began by adding lighted candles to the tree and moved to modern day lightbulbs.

Christmas cards 

There is nothing quite like going to the mailbox and finding a bright envelope addressed to you. The simple gift of a holiday card can mean so much. It quite literally brightens someone’s day knowing that you took the time to script and send love their way.

Mistletoe

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe started in ancient Greece, during the festival of Saturnalia and later in marriage ceremonies. During the Roman era, enemies of war would reconcile their differences under the mistletoe, which to them represented peace. Mistletoe is also believed to bring good luck to a home and wards off evil spirits. It is used a as a sign of love and friendship.

Santa Claus

There is nothing quite as magical as the joy in a child’s heart when they see Santa. A beautiful image of kindness and love. The excitement of writing out their Christmas list and sending it off to Santa in the North Pole. The legend of Santa dates back to 280 A.D in modern day Turkey to a monk named St. Nicholas. He became known for his generous and anonymous gifts to the poor.

Gingerbread houses

Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. Their popularity rose when the Brothers Grimm wrote the story of Hansel and Gretel, in which the main characters stumble upon a house made entirely of treats deep in the forest.

 

Advent Calendars

Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent, which derives from the Latin word for coming, has been celebrated since the fourth century.  Advent calendars typically don’t follow the period of Advent described above. Instead, they begin on December 1 and mark the 24 days before Christmas. Today, most Advent calendars include paper doors that open to reveal an image, Bible verse, or piece of chocolate.

Christmas Recipes

Overnight French Toast Bake – this layered breakfast recipe has layers of Texas toast, cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar and eggs.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 loaf Texas toast with crust trimmed off, optional
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp
  1. Begin by melting butter. Add brown sugar and mix well.

  2. Pour butter and brown sugar mixture into the bottom of a 9×13.
  3. Add a layer of Texas toast.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.
  5. Pour half of egg mixture over the Texas toast and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
  6. Add another layer of Texas Toast. Spread a thin layer of butter over bread.
  7. Top with the remaining egg mixture and top with your cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  8. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours before baking.
  9. When ready to bake, bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.

Crockpot breakfast casserole

Ingredients 

Serve 8

– 1 dozen eggs
– 1 cup milk
– 2 lbs of hash brown potatoes. (you can use frozen hash browns, just cook for 8-9 hours, instead of the 7-8)
– 1 lb of bacon, (cooked, drained and cut into pieces), ham or sausage
– 1/2 cup onions – diced
– 3 cups cheddar cheese – shredded
– 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
– 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp of pepper (I am recommending an additional pinch of salt and pepper for each layer of hash browns)

Directions 
1. Beat 12 eggs until well blended.
2. Next, beat in milk and garlic powder, mustard, 1 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp pepper. Set aside.
3. Layer potatoes (I suggest to season each potato layer to taste…..a small pinch of salt and pepper) and sprinkle 1/3 of the onions.
4. Next sprinkle 1/3 of the bacon.

5. Last but not least, top with 1 cup of cheese.

6. Repeat this layering 2 more times to have a total of 3 layers….ending with cheese.

7. Take your egg mixture and pour over layers. For refrigerated hash browns, cook for 6-7 hours on low. For frozen hash browns, cook for 7-8 hours on low or until eggs are set.

Wishing you health and happiness in the coming year.