2019 Newsletter 48-Deck the Halls 🎄🎄🎁🎁

2019 Newsletter 48-Deck the Halls 🎄🎄🎁🎁

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Holiday traditions are a great way to create memories throughout the holiday season and give families and friends something to look forward to other than presents. Continue traditions from your own childhood, or start new ones, like with our porch pot weekends. These special activities can bring loved ones together and help you focus on what is important during the stressful holiday season.
One of my favorite family traditions that started when I was a kid is celebrating St. Nick’s Day. As a back story, the actual history of St. Nicholas is where the story of Santa originated. St. Nicholas’ wealthy parents died while he was young and he committed to using his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering.  While there are many legends of his good deeds, some include him tossing bags of gold into the window of needy families, which landed in their shoes/stockings that were left in front of the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.
I am not certain if I thought St. Nick and Santa Claus were the same person. However, I DO think my parents used the day to keep us in line until Christmas. It was the perfect reminder that you need to behave to receive gifts. On December 5th, we would put out our stockings, cross our fingers, and go to bed hoping for goodies and not coal.
Yep. Coal. That was the standard of telling us to get our acts together and spend the next 20 days helping with extra chores and being kind to everyone, even my annoying brother.
I only received coal in my stocking one year. It sure was a shock. How did St. Nick know it was me who colored all over the wall? I said it “wasn’t me” and my Mom seemed to believe me! I did the dishes and swept the floors for the next week straight. I even folded ALL the laundry! All that hard work paid off and on Christmas day, I sighed in relief as I saw all the presents with my name on them.
I am happy to be able to continue this tradition with my children, who are all grown now. I hope they pass it on to their children. If not, I might have to exert Grandma rights and restart the tradition!
Don’t miss out on the last weekend of our porch pot workshop this weekend and bring the whole gang out to enjoy a new tradition. We hope you will join us Saturday or Sunday from 10 am-3 pm!
See you there!
Why does Santa have three gardens?
So he can ho, ho, ho!
Reindeer don’t go to public school..
They are elf taught
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
Another holiday tradition in my house is making fudge and cookies for gifts. This fudge just screams Christmas and tastes just like it.
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 12 squares (1 ounce each) white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow cream
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract


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