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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2013

How time flies!  I usually try to get in two or three extra posts between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year time just flew past.  I just finished posting a series of blogs on how to simplify your Christmas or how to make it more meaningful for you.  Therefore, I thought I’d give a simple Christmas message and recount the Christmas story.

Luke 2 (NKJV)

2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Matthew 2 (NKJV)

2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!



Christmas Programs and Fudge

February 25, 2013

Fudge - perfect for Christmas

Fudge – perfect for Christmas

A major part of the Christmas season, when I was young, was the Christmas program. Taking place at churches, schools, civic events, or the office these programs offer children, and adults, the chance to perform before their parents and their peers and to spread the joy of Christmas.

I was probably four or five years old when I participated in my first Christmas program. It took place in the church my family attended. We attended a small country church. The only decoration I remember is the large Christmas tree set up in the front of the church. All the children participated in order of the age of their Sunday school class. Weeks before the program the children were given pieces, lines of poetry or Bible verses, to memorize. The length of the piece varied by the age of the child, the younger the child the smaller the piece to memorize. When put all together the pieces told the Christmas story or contained a Christmas message. Some classes would sing Christmas carols as well. After the program was over presents were given out. There weren’t very many, but every child went home with something. Everyone, adult and child, received a small box filled with candies, cookies, and, my favorite, fudge. It was a very enjoyable night for children and adults.

My family was attending a larger church which ran a private K-12 school by the time I was a teenager. This church did not have a program put on by the children in their Sunday school classes. Instead the church choir performed a cantata. Sometimes these cantatas told a Christmas story entirely in song; other times the story was told with song and drama. As a member of the school’s choir I had the privilege of participating in a couple of these cantatas.
Now that I have a family of my own I have had the opportunity to lead a couple children’s Christmas programs in the church my family attends. I coordinated the drama portion of two programs and have written a third. While I enjoyed working with these programs I miss participating in or watching adult Christmas programs

For several years at my previous job I, along with the Christmas Luncheon Program committee, coordinated program for the office’s Christmas luncheon. We chose a theme and developed a short program. Then after eating a delicious lunch, we performed the program. The website began as the program for one of these luncheons.

My family loves fudge at Christmas time. This is a very easy recipe that everyone can enjoy. If you wish to do a different flavor than milk chocolate just change the flavor of baking chips you use. We like using milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and peanut butter chips. Butterscotch chip work well also.


3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts (optional)

Spray a 9-inch pan (9×13 inch pan for thinner fudge) with non-stick cooking spray. Bring sugar, butter and evaporated milk to full rolling boil in 3-qt. saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 5 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Add chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until melted. Add nuts and vanilla; mix well.

Pour into prepared pan; spread to cover bottom of pan. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.

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