Christmas Stocking Block 17 in our quilt along This is our last quilt block for this quilt. Hope you had fun and I had fun sharing family Christmas with you. Next Friday – It’s Christmas Cookies !!
Family Memories :
Do you have a family custom about stockings? I remember as a child Mom buying a fake (cardboard) Fireplace so we could have a mantle for our homemade stockings. Even when I married – we never lived in a house with a fireplace so we made do with book shelves or walls to hang our stockings.
Here’s a few Stocking facts”
A Christmas stocking is typically a sock or sock shaped bag. Christmas stockings are traditionally hung on Christmas Eve, ready to be filled secretly with presents during the night, which are usually opened the next morning.
Santa is said to put gifts in Christmas stockings, for good boys and girls.
There is no written history of the Christmas stocking, although there are many legends of how the stockings came about.
The Elf on the Shelf® is a fun-filled Christmas tradition that has captured the hearts of children everywhere who welcome home one of Santa’s Scout Elves each holiday season. The magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures, and reporting back to Santa at the North Pole nightly. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Scout Elf each morning.
You can tell Santa’s Official Scout Elves apart from other elves at the North Pole because they arrive in their official solid red jumpsuit with their very own storybook called The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. Ready to adopt your own Scout Elf?
My son is Now grown but my Cousin does for her daughter :
Christmas Eve is the night before the big day. Do you have any special traditions in your family ?
In years past we have attended Midnight church or Mass as we waited for Christmas to come. When there was small kids in the house – we have spent the night assembling together toys and setting the gifts for Christmas morning. But before bed make sure Satan eats his cookies we made and left for him as well as reindeer food. Lisa
1 C shortening
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 C milk
1 1/4 C sugar
4 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
Mix together and chill . Roll out and cut out and Bake at 375 until done. Decorate as you want. Lisa
Happy Friday ! And it’s Holiday time on my blog : Today we are talking about Mistletoe:
Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?
According to happier versions of the legend, Baldur (sometimes spelled Baldr or Balder) was killed by an enemy’s arrow made of mistletoe. His mother, the goddess Frigg, wept tears onto the arrow. … Overjoyed, Frigg blessed the mistletoe plant and promised a kiss to all who passed beneath it.
The Tradition of Mistletoe at Christmas. Mistletoe is a plant that grows on range of trees including willow, apple and oak trees. The tradition of hanging it in the house goes back to the times of the ancient Druids. … The custom of kissing underMistletoe comes from England.
Christmas has a way of reminding us of what really matters—and what could be more important than our loved ones? From husbands and wives to boyfriends and girlfriends to long-lost loves, the real-life romances in this book are surrounded by the joy and blessings of the Christmas season.
This collection will warm your heart and soothe your soul through the long winter. A Kiss Under the Mistletoe beautifully celebrates the way love and faith can transform a cold day in December into the most magical day of the year.
Do you have a favorite Holiday tradition? Today’s Prompt from the quilt block – a Caroling we Go !!!
Here’s a great recipes to serve to carolers or after you return :
2 quarts of cranberry drink
5 C strong Tea
4 sticks Cinnamon
3/4 slices Oranges
1 C sugar
Directions : Heat until boiling. Strain and serve hot. Or can be kept hot in crock pot.
1/2 C butter
1/2 C shortening
11/2 C Sugar
23/4 C Flour
2 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 T sugar /2 tsp cinnamon
Cream butter and shortening. Add sugar and eggs, and dry ingredients. Mix well and roll into balls . Then roll them into the sugar /cinnamon mixture and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 8 to 10 minutes.
Today’s Holidays post is all about Waiting for Santa. Does your family have special holiday traditions ? In Louisiana it’s common practice to attend Mid Night Mass while waiting for Santa. Do you leave cookies for Santa ?
Do you have a special plate for Santa cookies ? Here’e a simple kids crafts using purchased glass plates and sharpie markers (which comes in great colors)
Glass Plates can be purchased at Dollar Store,Amazon or Wal mart.
Using a Sharpie Marker to make your Christmas plate :
Clean the plate with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.
Kids can draw your design on the cleaned plate with a pencil. You can draw freehand, make a stencil or use a purchased stencil for your design. Keep it simple is best.
Color your design with permanent markers or oil-based paint pens. Designs made with paint pens will last longer.
Put the plates in the oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees. Let the oven heat to the set temperature before putting the plates in the oven. Turn the oven off after 30 minutes and let the plates cool inside the oven. Carefully remove the plates using a hot pad if they haven’t cooled completely.
Julia's recipes and commentary, straight to you from Iowa City! Normally, they're based around what looks good at the local farmers market. And yes, they're all out of order since they were copied over from Philip's flower blog which you should also check out -- see the link at right...
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