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A Christmas to Remember VIII




Candy canes are fun to use crushed on sugar cookies before baking or can be used

in a cup of coffee or to decorate the tree. Make a special night each year to decorate

the Christmas tree with family and friends. Put up an Advent calendar so each

year you will remember how many days you have left until Christmas.

Here is America's  favorite Christmas poem to read by the fire.




The Night Before Christmas


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; 


The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads;

And Mama in her kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,


When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.


The moon, of the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below;

When, what to my wandering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.


More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!

Now, dash away, dash away, dash away, all!


As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, 

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So, up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With a sleigh full of toysand St. Nicholas too.



And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. 

As I drew in my head, and was turning around, 

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.


He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.


The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.


His eyes how they twinkled; his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;

He had a broad face and a little round belly

That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.



He was chubby and plumpa right jolly old elf;

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.

A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.


He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, 

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.


He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle;

But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!"



Clement Clarke Moore






A Music Box Christmas


Decorating the Christmas Tree, December 22, 2006

As a child, one of my first memories of Christmas was shaking a present and hearing music. Whether you have memories of music boxes from Christmas, a ballerina jewelry box from Childhood (where you opened the box and the ballerina spun around as music played) or you found yourself in a magical music box store, this creates the music box mood. The authentic sounds are created by real music boxes which makes this a unique find! This CD transports me back to my childhood and is perfect for the holiday season. A wonderful scented L'Occitane Winter Forest Candle also seems essential or you can play this while decorating the Christmas tree or wrapping presents. The magic of music boxes comes through perfectly and this CD takes you to the place where Christmas dreams are born.

~The Rebecca Review







Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook



 Page 9 of Christmas Symbols & Traditions


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Did you remember to sprinkle oatmeal mixed 
with glitter in your yard for Santa's reindeers? ;>

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