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Christmas Traditions

Christmas trees: Evergreen fir trees are universal winter decorations. Pagans displayed the branches as a reminder that spring would come again. Romans placed them around temples to honor Saturn, the god of agriculture. But the first time the evergreen was used as a Christmas tree was either in Estonia, or Latvia (each city says it is the true home of the first Christmas tree). In the 16th century, German Christians brought the trees inside their homes as a symbol of everlasting life.

Egg Nog: Eggnog doesn’t seem like a particularly elite drink, but that’s how it got its start. British aristocrats came up with the creamy concoction as a warm winter drink and added brandy and sherry to keep it from spoiling. Because the ingredients were so expensive, only the wealthy could afford to drink it. When it made its way to the American colonies in the 1700s, colonists subbed the pricey liquors for rum. At the time, rum was also called grog, so bartenders named the drink egg-n-grog. Later, it became eggnog, after the wooden “noggin” mugs the drink was served in.
A Wonderful Story
A woman came out of the house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”
“We do not go into a house together.” They replied. “Why is that?” She asked. One of them explained: “His name is wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another, “He is Success and I am Love.”
The woman went into the house and told her husband about the visitors and he was overjoyed. “How nice!” He said. “Let us invite Wealth in, let him come fill our home with wealth!”
His wife disagreed, “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?” Their child was listening in from the corner and jumped in with a suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home would be filled with Love!”
“Let us heed our child’s advice,” Said the husband to his wife “go out and invite Love to be our guest.”
The woman went out and asked “Love, will you please come in and be our guest?” Love got up and started walking towards the house and the other two got up and followed him. Surprised the lady asked Wealth and Success “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?” The old men replied together: “if you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would have stayed out, but when you invite Love… wherever he goes, we go with him!”
Wherever there is LOVE there is WEALTH and SUCCESS! -- Unknown
Tim's Sausage and Cheddar Cheese Balls
Prep: 10 mins
Bake: 16 minutes
Temp: 400 degrees
 
Ingredients
1lb Jimmy Dean Sausage (I prefer Hot)
1cup grated cheddar cheese
1cup Bisquick
Salt, pepper garlic & jalapenos to taste
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Combine and mix and roll into balls approx. 1 ¼ inches in diameter.
Bake for 16 minutes
Magic Cookie Bars
Pr ep: 10 min
Cook: 30 min
Yield: 2 dozen bars
 
Ingredients
Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups (12 oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups (12 oz. pkg.) butterscotch chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
 
  Directions
HEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
COMBINE graham cracker crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with fork.
BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Loosen from sides of pan while still warm; cool on wire rack. Cut into bars or diamonds.
Favorite Hallmark Christmas movies
Top Christmas Movies
Let it Snow (2013)
A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Christmas Under Wraps (2014)
Moonlight & Mistletoe (2002)
A Christmas Detour (2015)
Silent Night (2002)
Christmas Shoes (2002)
Christmas Cookies (2016)
The Christmas Card (2006)
The Most Wonderful Time of The Year (2008)
A Crown for Christmas (2015)
The Christmas Train (2017)
Christmas Visitor
Home Alone (1&2)
White Christmas
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Holiday Inn (1942)
Die Hard (1&2)
Miracle on 34 th Street (1947)
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Trading Places
The Preacher’s Wife