The Holidays are fast approaching… Does your heart rate speed up just thinking about the stress of the “To Do List”? How did it all get so crazy? When did we set expectations of perfection in every aspect of preparing for the celebration of Christ’s birth? In the process of craziness – baking; cards; gifts; decorations; parties; fancy dinners; the right outfit… We forget the whole purpose of the celebration!Nine years ago our family went on a mission trip to Nicaragua, we returned just before the holiday season began. I remember shopping at a superstore and being overwhelmed with the excess, materialism and selfishness we surround ourselves with in this country. Such a stark contrast from the poverty and desperation of the people we had just served. At that moment I made a conscious decision to scale back, say “no” to more, simplify and focus on Christ and family rather than the “hustle n bustle”.Simplifying for our family included: limiting the Christmas card list to those we don’t see; spending less; limiting the gifts and giving more of our time to serve others; scale down the baking to just 4 kinds of cookies ( each family member picks a favorite ) and baking breads for those on our thankful list ( people that we are grateful to know ); decorations are simple and minimal; celebrations where everyone brings a dish are much more enjoyable than one person working themselves silly! Most of all we look for ways to serve or gift others, which brings the greatest joy and helps us focus on the best gift of all time, JESUS !My favorite is Linus explaining to Charlie Brown, what Christmas is all about:” Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”Linus’ King James version scripture reading from Luke 2: 8-14, read:“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”Abundant Blessings!Heidi Wilt
This recipe comes from a friend’s grandmother from Greece. It has been handed down several generations and is used at almost any holiday or family get-together. Since my friend shared it with me, I have made it a part of our Easter and Christmas celebrations.
1/2 t Baking Soda
8 to 9 c Flour (if batter is loose, add more flour)
1 lb can Crisco
3 c Sugar
8 Eggs ( 4 whole eggs, 4 eggs divided; 4 yokes, 4 egg whites)
4t Baking Powder
*Knead batter (all but egg yokes) on table till workable. Roll into snakes (40 to 60) and twist or form into figure 8’s. Place on greased cookie sheets. Brush tops of cookies with beaten Egg yokes and bake at 350 to 375* for 12 min. Yield : 40 to 60 cookies. Note: Make cookies into shapes that fit holiday or occasion. Sprinkle tops with colored sugar or add food coloring to dough.