The First Christmas Day
On December 20, 1815, the Kings Mountain Herald newspaper in Kings Mountain, North Carolina published the following story from the New York Press about the first Christmas day. It is a reminder that Christmas isn't about getting ... or even giving ... gifts, but celebrating the life of a man many consider their Savior.
It reads as follows:
The First Christmas Day
Told for the littlest children
Listen dear little children and you shall hear about the very first Christ...
Christmas Granola Recipe
Every year at Christmas time, I try to give something homemade to my "mirror", Steph. Steph and I exchange yummy goodies all year long, so it's becoming a tad difficult to find new treats. This year, however, I decided to make granola from scratch. I've never made it, but this recipe is definitely going on the annual treat making list!
I became hooked on muesli during my first trip to Germany a few years ago. The hotel we were staying in served it for breakfast ...
Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree
Christmas morning is a madhouse ... it certainly was when I was a kid and it still is now that I have a kid ... and dogs! The last thing a mom wants to deal with is breakfast. Okay, at least this mom. Try this easy Christmas tree made from cinnamon rolls to make the morning feeding a little easier!
The Davis Cinnamon Roll Tradition
We always had cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. They're easy ... either make them a day ahead or cheat and buy the kind in a can or ...
A Thrifty Christmas Tree
When JD's Grandma Davis passed away, we inherited several items from her home. One of these was a Christmas tree that she has always placed on top of an end table during the holidays.
With the tree came its original box! The tree dates to the 1960s and is from the American Tree and Wreath Company from Lexington, Kentucky. Gram purchased it for $5.83 ... the price is written on the front of the box. I love that the tree has a 5-year warranty, too ... I think we're well past that!
I Believe, Virginia
From the moment I first read the New York Sun editorial written in 1897 by Francis Church in response to an 8 year-old's question about Santa Claus, I was in love. I was in love with the idea of Santa Claus and the idea of writing ... and sharing that writing. I don't even remember how old I was, but probably not yet a teenager.
That was a really long time ago, and I am still in awe of Church's words.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity ...
The Christmas Heart
Over the weekend, a friend from college posted a Christmas memory on Facebook about being "dirt poor" ... his words ... as a child and how that impacted Christmas for him and his seven siblings. Christmas stockings were filled not with trinkets and "stuffers", but with fresh fruit and hard candy, both being treats for his family in those days. Comments that followed reminded me how being raised with limited funds and receiving gifts when there was barely money to buy them puts things in ...
What color is Santa Claus?
When I first saw the clip of Megyn Kelly telling all of us that Santa is white, I thought, "Hmmm, ..." and I won't repeat what followed. I haven't really followed the drama since her statements ... it was an ill-fated piece of political satire ... but this came to my attention again today while reading a Facebook post. Like any good mom, I've given it some thought, especially since I am White and Noodle is mixed race.
In my upbringing, Santa Claus was represented by a "jolly old ...