Christmas Eve

“Backward, turn backward

O time in your flight:

Make me a child again

Just for tonight.”

—Elizabeth Akers Allen

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

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CHRISTMAS

O Winter, King of Intimate Delights…

HOME for CHRISTMAS

With pomp, power & glory the world beckons vainly, in chase of such vanities why should I roam? While peace & content bless my little thatched cottage, and warm my own hearth with the treasures of home.

—Beatrix Potter

CHRISTMAS

DID YOU KNOW?

Charles Dickens began writing A Christmas Carol in October 1843 and completed it 6 weeks later, in December of that same year.

Few families in Victorian England owned an oven. Like the Cratchits, they would bring their goose or turkey to the local baker who would cook it for a small fee.

Bob Cratchit would have paid 7 shillings for the goose, 5 for the pudding and 3 for the onions, oranges, and sage. ( In the 1800s, a shilling was worth about 40 cents. ) Today, the cost of these items would be about $58.

Information from Taste of Home Magazine.

HOLIDAYS

FIRESIDE CHAT

Grab a few friends and some hot drinks, then enjoy a comfy night at home.

For an aromatic fire, try one of these easy options: Toss rosemary, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg or other fresh herbs or spices into your fire. They will lightly sent the air and your house. Use dried orange peels for kindling. The peels easily dry in the open air and, because of the oil in the peel, burn longer than paper. The peels create a wonderful aroma as they burn. Add incense to your fire, but have several sticks on hand-they burn quickly.

Information from Taste of Home Magazine.