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Merry Christmas!

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Winter BunnyI want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Aren't those bunnies cute? MaryEllen drew them for me. She even colored them using Photoshop Elements.

 

CHRISTMAS IS COSTLY

  • It cost Mary and Joseph the comforts of home during a long period of exile in Egypt to protect the little Babe.
  • It cost mothers in and around Bethlehem the massacre of their babies by the cruel order of Herod.
  • It cost the shepherds the complacency of their shepherd lives with the call to the manger and to tell the good news.
  • It cost the wise men a long journey and expensive gifts and changed lives.
  • It cost the early apostles and the early church persecution and sometimes death.
  • It cost missionaries of the Christ untold suffering and privation to spread the good news.
  • It cost Christian martyrs in all ages their lives for Christ’s sake.
  • More than all this, it cost God the Father His own Sonβ€”He sent Him to the earth to save men.
  • It cost Jesus a life of sacrifice and service, a death cruel and unmatched in history.

Amongst the hustle and bustle, may we meditate, not only on the baby in the manger, but of what that birth really meant and still means today. Jesus came to die, isn't that amazing? It sometimes is too much for my little brain to register, but I am glad and forever thankful he did.

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season

 

This month has been pretty mellow as far as school goes. We basically have been doing Bible, math and reading. I began readingΒ [amazon_link id="161293112X" target="_blank" ]A Christmas Carol[/amazon_link] with the kids. We are just about finished. I have always wanted to read it, but never have. It is pleasantly enjoyable.

We also watched some Christmas classic cartoons. When the kids were small, we had a VHS of The Stingiest Man in Town, based on A Christmas Carol. It was my favorite to watch with the kids. I searched, but only found it available on a [amazon_link id="B001H9N1AO" target="_blank" ]Classic Christmas pack[/amazon_link]. So, I bought it and the kids and I have enjoyed watching these old time cartoons. This week, we will watch [amazon_link id="B003UORGGE" target="_blank" ]The Nativity[/amazon_link].

Baking has gone slow this month, with chocolate chips and sugar cookies. MaryEllen made the sugar cookies and Donnie joined in with the decorating. We left some for the mailman along with his Christmas card. He is such a great mailman, always has a smile for us.

This week I am going to try my hand at fudge and eggnog. Can you believe I have never made either before. Today I made peppermint bark. It came out good. I think I made it too thick because it was hard to break. Next time I will make it a tad thinner. It made a lot, so I think I will surprise the mailman with another goodie tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Bark

I wasn't sure how fine to chop the candy canes. I did the Ziploc method with my rolling pin. Some pieces seemed to stay big and others were turning into powder. πŸ™‚ This recipe didn't call for peppermint extract, but I think I will add some next time. MaryEllen, who likes peppermint, thought it needed more of the peppermint taste. I did too. The chocolate was over powering.

I was late with getting our Christmas cards, but they are sent now. We were late with starting our Advent reading, but I am not stressing over it. We are just reading and enjoying.

Christmas will be just us this year. We will be celebrating our Savior's birth on Christmas Eve because Don works on Christmas Day. The kids like that because usually we celebrate AFTER Christmas, this year we will celebrate before. We plan on decorating popcorn balls, a gift sent by their Auntie Reff. This will be a fun family time and we get to eat our creations. Thanks Auntie Reff!

Popcorn Ball Decorating

Popcorn Ball Decorating

 

Have a Blessed Merry Christmas,

CPSig
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Fireplace and Jesus is the Reason For the Season clipart (c)Lisa at CountryClipart.com
   

4 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. MaryEllen

    Hi Cynce, glad you received the treats in time for Christmas decorating. I thought it would be a fun family gift - plus who could resist popcorn balls? πŸ˜‰

    Love, love, love the picture that MaryEllen drew of the bunnies with the snowman. She is SO gifted! Tell her that her Auntie thought she did an awesome job!

    I want to detox. Any suggestions? I think you mentioned something when I was there, but I can't remember what it was. Maybe the juice detox would be good to try. Any recommendations would be appreciated!

    Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

    Love, Reff

  2. Dee

    Your daughter is truly blessed with the gift of drawing! πŸ™‚

    We love A Christmas Carol. We usually read it every year, but took a break this year. It is one of our favorite read alouds. We are always surprised at how much the book ministers to us and teaches us something about the true meaning of Christmas.

    Your treats look sooooo yummy! Do you know since I've been wheat free I have been craving lots of sweets. Goes to show that wheat is really ladened with sugar. And yes, I've given myself permission to indulge just a tiny bit. πŸ˜‰ So these treats that you have just posted pics of are killing me!!!! hehe...

    Where did Auntie Reff get that popcorn making kit? I love it! Let us know how it goes. πŸ™‚

    Have a very blessed Christmas!!!

    In Him,

    Dee πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Cynthia Albright

      I believe she got it from http://www.thepopcornfactory.com/.

      Yip, I believe our bodies turn the starch into sugar. We don't realize it, but we become addicted. Aack! I told the kids that we are going to have a sugar-free January...up until MaryEllen's birthday on the 23rd anyway. I just purchased The Wheat Belly today, it should be here on Saturday. I am looking forward to reading it. I begin my 'diet' again after Christmas. I can't wait. When I can't wait, I know I am ready. Okay, I could start now, but I want my fudge and eggnog. lol!

      1. Dee

        Awesome, I'm off to check out that site for the popcorn---maybe I still have time.

        You did, you purchased it, that's great! There's a lot in there about evolution, just skip that junk. lol...but the stuff about the production and history of our wheat is right on. That's the beauty of this, it's not a diet, but a way of life. I give myself the weekend for a treat, but you know what, often the treats just don't taste the way I thought they would. I'm finding that the strangest thing. It's like my body has detoxed from old flavors and I'm learning what foods taste like for real. I knew I had flipped and was totally committed to this when I was opening up a can of sweat peas and took a spoonful in my mouth. I swore it was the best thing I had ever tasted. I had to laugh because I never felt like that about peas before.

        LOL! I hear you. I'm having my flan and cheesecake this Christmas. I have the Wheat Belly Cook book on my wishlist for my next purchase. I'm really anxious to start making some of the recipes. Though he doesn't tell you to stop eating grains, he does say to try to eat less of them as time goes on. I am really loving the almond pancakes. I'm also having fun redefining what I'm going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner now since it's not going to be something ready made out of the package all of the time. πŸ™‚

        Enjoy that fudge and eggnog!

        Blessings!!!

        Dee

        ps there is a site that has lots of encouragement, articles, and even recipes. I think it's wheatbellyblog.com If it's not, try doing a google search.

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