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A Christmas to Remember VI







Peppermint: Delicious on sugar cookies or beautiful displayed as candles. 

   Puppets: Puppet shows have been used in some European countries for generations to depict the Christmas scenes.


    Reindeer: These are the famous reindeers said to be used by Santa Claus to pull his sleigh as he visits homes on Christmas Eve to deliver presents. Do you know all their names?




A Gift for Your Kitchen     Christmas Plum Pastries     




     Roses: The  "Christmas Rose" is often used to decorate homes and trees in Central Europe. The Christmas Rose blooms in winter and is native to Central Europe. Several beautiful legends make the use of the rose significant. One states that there was a miraculous growth of roses where walked in the snow to help a poor old man.  Some of the roses were white as snow and some were as red as blood. In the United States there is a winter blooming shrub called the "Christmas Rose."  Read more at: The Legend of the Christmas Rose



Bon Appetit the Christmas Season

    Safety: If a burning Christmas tree is not your idea of a fun time, then you can take a few precautions. Keeping a Christmas tree fresh and well watered can help. Making a fresh cut before putting up the tree will make sure that sap is not clogging the pores. Take the tree and drop it and see if a shower of leaves falls off, it is too dry if that happens. Use a stand that will hold at least one gallon of water. The average tree will "drink" a quart to a gallon of water a day. Turning off your tree lights when you go to bed or leave the house is essential for safety. 

So will you be buying a Norway Spruce (dark green crown and triangular shape), Scotch Pine (Stiff branches and excellent needle retention, lasts 3 to 4 weeks), Douglas Fir (, Faser Fir (compact shape with branches that turn slightly upwards), Grand Fir (Strong Christmas tree fragrance) or Noble Fir (bluish-green silvery needles and has stiff branches and a long life span)?



    Santa Claus: To millions of children all over the world who celebrate Christmas, no other symbol of the holiday fills them with such joy as Santa Claus. This legendary figure, who flies the world in his sleigh filled with toys and drops down the chimney delivering gifts to good girls and boys, is a favorite of children, no matter what country they live in. Santa Claus, a jolly, stout man with a twinkle in his eye, rosy-red cheeks and a cheerful laugh, is the American adaptation of the European legend of Saint Nicholas. He wears a bright red suit trimmed with white fur, a long red cap and shiny black boots.  

In England, he wears the very same outfit, but there he is called Father Christmas. In France, children refer to him as Pere Noel, which means Father Christmas. He wears a long red robe and white fur hat with wooden shoes. In Switzerland we see another variation of Santa. His name is Saint Nicholas, and he wears a long white robe and a tall pointed hat called a miter.  There are numerous other counterparts of Santa Claus across the globe, including the German Kris Kringle, the Denmark Jule Nissen (Christmas Elf), the Swedish Star-man, the Greek St. Basil, the Russian Babouschka and the Italian Befana.   


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The Swedish Jul Tomten is a tiny old man who leaves gifts. A bowl of bread and milk is always left for him to enjoy, though the family cat is often accused of enjoying it for him. Though he may look a bit different and be called many names, to children of all countries his message is the same. They peek out the windows and hope to catch a glimpse of this special man as he flies through the sky, delivering gifts for boys and girls they will get to open on Christmas Day.  


   Sheaf of Grain: In Scandinavian countries sheaves of grain are tied outside of the homes for the birds at Christmas time.  In Ireland, a pan of oats is placed as high as possible with twelve lighted candles, representing the twelve apostles. A larger candle is placed in the center to represent Christ as the "Light of the World."



    Shepherd & Sheep: The shepherds were watching their flocks the night Christ was born. It is possible that one shepherd carried a lamb, wrapped in his mantel to keep it warm, as a gift to the baby Jesus.




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