Coping with Christmas Changes — Anne Rulo

Christmas is a holiday marketed and built on tradition, expectations, and memories. And, as we tend to find comfort in the predictable, that can make it especially hard to adjust when Christmas changes. Shifting family dynamics, the arrival of new life and passing of others, weather, work, and travel challenges are just some of the […]…

Tis The Season — Every Day with the King

Originally posted December 2018 The season is here! What came to your mind as you turned your calendar to December this year? Advent Family Traditions Celebration Shopping Gift-giving Decorating Baking Ideally, it is a season of […] Tis The Season — Every Day with the King From Sarah :I just lost a huge paragraph on grieving…

Four Days In Plant City : Trains/ Large And Small

Danny And I were in Plant City for 4 days and 3 nights. We left our house around 10:30 AM Saturday Morning, November 30th. If it would have been up to me, we would have left the night before. LOL, Probably not though.The traffic would have been a lot worse than it was Saturday morning….

Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies — TidyMom®

Gooey Butter Cookies are a Christmas cookie twist on the favorite St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. These melt in your mouth cookies are soft and totally irresistible! Roll them in Christmas sprinkles and they are ready for Santa! We love to make gooey butter cookies any time of year. Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cookies and… Christmas…

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie — The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch

Nothing can say Southern hospitality more than this mouthwatering, decadent Sweet Potato Pecan Pie. Flavorful and delicious to the very last bite. Combining all the favorite ingredients, Southerners use to make Sweet Potato pie and […] Sweet Potato Pecan Pie — The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch

Amy Grant – Winter Wonderland — AMERICA ON COFFEE

Home for Christmas is the 13th album by Christian music and pop music singer Amy Grant, released on October 6, 1992. It is Grant’s second holiday album, the first being 1983’s A Christmas Album. Amy Grant – Winter Wonderland — AMERICA ON COFFEE

Neutral Christmas Buffet Table Inspiration — Jackie Anne Blog

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! I started busting out my Christmas decor this past weekend, and it’s got me in quite the cheery mood! Do you gradually decorate for Christmas or do it all at once? I personally try to get the majority done at once, but it always ends up taking […]…

Noel Charcuterie Tray — snapshotsincursive

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Enjoyable Eats: Noel Charcuterie Tray! Everyone loves a party. As the host or hostess, you should too. Instead of picking up a ho-hum relish tray at the local supermarket, make a charcuterie tray because they’re fun…and easy entertaining. Basically, it consists of cured meats, cheeses, nuts, fruit, and olives. And […]…

Advent Calendars at the Ready — Cosy Home Living

There’s nothing better than your advent calendar when you’re a child. That run up to Christmas day is just so exciting, and sometimes the run up is better than the actual day itself. I know, nowadays, we have ‘Elf on the Shelf’, Christmas Eve boxes and new trends – but for me, I wanted to […]…

Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies —

Pressed shortbread cookies spiced with gingerbread spices make a festive addition to any holiday or Christmas cookie jar. The post Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies appeared first on . Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies —

30 of the Most Popular Christmas Cookies — Moore or Less Cooking

When do you start baking Christmas cookies? We start putting up our decorations on my birthday (at the end of November) and then I let the baking begin. Friends and neighbors come over on the weekend for a Christmas baking party with their recipes in hand (and favorite requests) and every year I bake my…

Review: It’s A Christmas Thing — The Mimosa Blossom

It’s a Christmas Thing is a western Christmas romance novella by author Janet Dailey. The setting is Branding Iron, Texas. Eight months ago Tracy Emerson’s husband died from a brain tumor. She’s grieving over the loss and now her husband’s favorite dog is dying. A sick cat has taken up living at Tracy’s home. She […]…

Thanksgiving Dinner For Two By Homemade In The Kitchen

Thanksgiving Dinner For Two Thanksgiving Dinner For Two By Homemade In The Kitchen From Sarah : I have only recently discovered tis blog. It’s not a new one, just new to me. MEET CARLA Hi there! I’m Carla, a 30-some single woman learning how to adult alone. No kids, no boyfriend/husband/boy toy. Just me. Which…

The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany of the Lord https://blessedisshe.net/the-journey-to-jesus/ Blessed Is She First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk…

What is Epiphany?

 http://www.saraborgstede.com/what-is-epiphany/ Sara Borstede What is Epiphany? Epiphany is a celebration of the arrival of wise men, also called magi, from the East who brought gifts to Baby Jesus. The word “Epiphany” means an appearance or manifestation, especially of a divine being. For many Christians, Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season. Epiphany is on January 6,…

Discovering Traditions: Epiphany by Robin Rivera | Solveig Werner

Today, is Epiphany and I am happy to welcome back Robin Rivera for this second Discovering Traditions guest post, as well as her second guest appearance on my blog. You can find her advent calendar contribution here, and read the previous Discovering Traditions post by Dr Gulara Vincent about New Year’s here.

Epiphany Robin Rivera
When I was young, the Epiphany was a joy. It was a last little Christmas to prolong the holiday season, and I loved it. Before bed on the eve of the Epiphany (January 5th) my mother would tell us stories about the three kings. My mother went to a strict Catholic girl’s school, and her stories were vivid and packed with countless details. That night we filled our oldest pair of shoes with straw and set them outside along with a bowl of water. In the morning, the straw and water was gone, gobbled up by the three king’s camels. In thanks for our offerings, the kings always left us gifts. Small gold foil wrapped chocolates, exotic smelling incense sticks and small toys were tucked into our shoes. We often received new shoes too, the old ones disappeared forever. Eaten by these poor half-starved camels, or so my mother said.

On the Epiphany there would be a lovely family meal. It always ended with hot coco and a spicy ring cake made from an old family recipe. The cake wasn’t fancy, and in truth, it was a bit more bread than cake, but it was always delicious. She coved it with creamy icing and sprinkled the top with colored sugar. Tradition says there should be a small plastic doll baked inside the cake, and whoever finds the doll will have good luck all year. But my mother would never allow it. She feared someone would break a tooth, or swallow the doll whole and choke to death.

Monday Mom Confessions: Not Everyone Loves Christmas

From December 2015. Christmas In Our Neck Of The Woods Love Sarah This has been a week of EXTREME HIGHS AND LOWS. I am still wrapping my head around the EVENTS that have taken place.I am FINALLY FEELING THE SPIRIT OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ADVENT NOW CHRISTMAS SEASON.SO IS DANNY. (Sort of.) He is relieved ,…

How To Feel Awe And Wonder Again On Christmas Morning

By One Thing Alone How to Feel Awe and Wonder Again on Christmas Morning In the middle of playing patty-cakes, my toddler stops short, awe and wonder written on her face, lips pursed in rapt attention, eyebrows knitted, finger stretched to the sky. And then I hear it: a plane buzzing overhead. A grin spreads…

The Stubbornness of Intentional Gratitude {For Those Lonely On Christmas}

The Stubbornness of Intentional Gratitude By Jennifer Dukes Lee, {From Sarah:This was a post Jennifer wrote for Thanksgiving. I thought it was also appropriate for any day…Like Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to those of you who are alone today. Or Lonely. Love Sarah} The days when I don’t feel like singing at all, are the days when…