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Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things.

My favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night". I love the message of this song...

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn...

The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;In all our trials born to be our friends.He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! ...

Truly He taught us to love one another,His law is love and His gospel is peace.Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.And in his name all oppression shall cease...

It also reminds me of my mother. I took several years of voice lessons growing mother used to take me door to door to sing to the neighbors. She would knock, they would open, she would name a song, I would sing...that's how it went :) This song was our favorite...I seemed to end up singing it the most.

Snowmen Snowball Cookies by Food Lovers Odyssey

These are the cookies I was making when the phone rang with the results from Sugar's celiac biopsy. I was up to my elbows in flour...I'll never forget hanging up the phone, after hearing the news that celiac was confirmed, and staring at my floured fingerprints on the receiver. I wondered how Christmas would ever be the same...would we ever make Christmas cookies together again?

I'm pleased to report that over the years I've made GLUTEN FREE batch of these babies using Jules Gluten Free Flour....and it looks like the Christmas Snowball has been saved forever :)

Snowball cookies aka Russian Tea Cakes by Food Lovers Odyssey

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
additional powdered sugar

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until fully mixed. Add flour with salt to creamed mixture, blend thoroughly. Add nuts and mix well. Chill dough for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400F. Shape into 1-inch balls and bake 8-10 minutes. Do not brown. Cool, then roll in powdered sugar.

This is my favorite Christmas decoration...

It's been in my family for YEARS!!! My mother made it when I was a little girl. I clearly remember the anticipation of waking up each day and pulling out a new ornament to put on the tree. It counts down the days until Christmas, beginning on December 1st. Through the years, we've managed to keep 23 of the 24 original little handmade decorations. A few years ago, I had to replace all the Velcro, but aside from that, it remains just as I remember it.

A couple years ago, Jason decided it was time to replace the missing HE went to Michael's and picked up a few things...then sewed this by hand so that our special family heirloom would be complete....

Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year. I love the anticipation and excitement that this day brings. It has become a tradition for our family to have Christmas dinner followed by a Christmas Eve church service that we all attend together. We have found this to be the most effective way to make sure that, as a family, we end the day with our hearts full of praise and our focus on Jesus.

What are some of your favorite things?

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  1. I love it when you post GF recipes. Knowing that it tastes yummy to the Candy Hearts clan encourages me that mine will enjoy it too.

    Love hearing about your traditions. We have a tree almost like that which my mom made when I was a little girl too! It is my girls favorite Christmas decoration too.

  2. Lovely traditions!
    Our family always reads the Christmas Story out of Luke 2 on Christmas Eve. My mother's dad did it, then when he passed, my dad took over. Now that he's graduated to Heaven, it falls to either Ubergeek or my brother-in-law, depending on where we are celebrating. It wouldn't be Christmas without it!

  3. Love those cookies. we make them too. And the chocolate version. Though not the non-gluten version. I was so happy to see those cookies when I was flipping through the blogs...Amy

  4. These are some great favorite things! That Christmas decoration is the cutest heirloom I have seen and so full of memories that make it extra special...just like you and your family!

  5. Beautiful post! I love the message in O Holy Night as well..."Truly He taught us to love one another,His law is love and His gospel is peace."....always makes me smile...:o)


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