Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Punch & More!

Hello, Ladies!

Today, I'm sharing a recipe, a story, and showing an item I won from a blog giveaway. Look at the beautiful homemade ornament that Sandy sent me from Quill Cottage...
Doesn't it have the sweetest little face? I think it is absolutely lovely! Thanks, Sandy!!

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Fabulous Christmas Punch
4 cups cranberry juice, chilled
4 cups pineapple juice, chilled
2 cups sugar, divided
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 gallon strawberry ice cream, softened
2 cups whipping cream
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
  1. In a large punch bowl, combine juices, 1-1/2 cups sugar, almond extract and ice cream. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, beat cream in a mixing bowl. Gradually add the remaining sugar, beat until soft peaks form. Whisk gently into chilled juice mixture. Add ginger ale. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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Keeping Christmas
By Henry Van Dyke

It is a good thing to observe Christmas Day. The mere marking of times and seasons, when men agree to stop work and make merry together, is a wise and wholesome custom. It helps one to feel the supremacy of the common life over the individual life. It reminds a man to set his own little watch, now and then, by the great clock of humanity which runs on sun time.

But there is a better thing than the observance of Christmas Day, and that is, keeping Christmas.

Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background, and your duty in the foreground; to see that your fellowmen are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to own that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life; to close our book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness - are you willing to do these things even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and the desires of little children; to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts; to try to understand what those who live in the same house with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and garden for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

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Love,
Elizabeth

3 comments:

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

That's a very sweet ornament.

And the essay was lovely.

beth at aunties said...

You are so good about spreading Christmas cheer with the ebautiful stories.
The recipe looks yum and Congratulations on winning! the oranament is as Ruth said..sweet.
Are you better? We the other wedding this weekend in idaho. I am hoping for good roads. Our newlyweds traveld to Montana last night and the roads were a bear. No that was not BARE as they went about 30 miles an hour after leaving I.F. It is 51 degrees below the normal temp...

Merry Christmas to your family!

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Great post! Very thought provoking..
I loved your snowman and I am going to try that recipe out for the punch.

Thank you for the lovely comments you leave. Your words help.
love Nita