Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Grieving During the Holidays

November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving and Christmas are times for remembering.  Remembering good times.  Remembering family.  Remembering friends.  Remembering where we have come from.  Remembering how we got to where we are.  Some, however,  remember bad times, friends and relatives who have passed on, break ups, schisms between friends and family members.

It is difficult to go through these remembering holidays when those who are a big part of the traditions and memories of those holidays are, for whatever reason, not helping us celebrate.  Twenty-two years ago this month, November, my wife and I were looking forward to the birth of our first child.  We were looking forward to many years of making memories with this child.  About two weeks before Thanksgiving a beautiful baby girl arrived.  But God determined that her time on this earth would be short.  She passed on at the age of nine days.  For us, that year was the year without a Thanksgiving.  We still miss that little girl, but with each year that passes the hurt lessens.  We thank God for the time we had with her and that we have one good photo of her.

For us the ache was for the loss of a loved one, a child.  For others it is for lost parents, grandparents, siblings, or good friends.  Each person deals with that loss and the memories that follow in different ways.  I wrote a letter to my little one expressing the dreams I had for her that would never be realized.  Others may do charitable work or give to charities in their loved one’s name.  Others channel their grief into moments of creativity.

One such person is Erin Hoff of Danville, IL.  She was watching the snow fall and thinking about her dad who had passed away when the words of a song came to her.  The song, entitled “Does it Snow in Heaven”, ended up talking about the loss of her mom instead, but anyone who has lost a dear friend or loved one can relate to the song.

Erin is using this song to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (listen to a portion of the song using the link below).  If you would like a copy of Erin’s song donate at least $5.00 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Then email Erin at and let her know about your donation.  She will send you her song.

If you are going through the pain of loss this holiday season I am sorry, and I feel for you.  But remember this; while the pain does not ever go totally away, you will be happy again.  You will smile again.  Remember the good times spent with your loved one and cherish the memories you made together.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and a very merry Christmas!

Does It Snow In Heaven (partial song)

4 Holiday Diabetic Recipes

September 25, 2015

As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach thoughts turn to the great foods to be served.  Some, however, dread this time because they have medical conditions that prevent them from enjoying the good, rich food.  Below we have 4 diabetic recipes: 2 beverage recipes, 1 dressing or stuffing recipe, and 1 cookie recipe.  The bonus is that the cookie recipe is the traditional rolled sugar cookie recipe.

Low-Calorie Eggnog

(Serves 8 – ½ cup per serving)

2 eggs, separated
4 cups skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 packets Equal sweetener
½ tsp brandy or rum flavoring
Ground nutmeg

Combine the egg yolks and milk in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until the mixture coats a metal spoon.  Cool.

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Add to the egg custard mixture with the vanilla, sweetener, and flavoring.  Mix lightly.  Cover and chill.  Pour into serving cups and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Hot Wassail

(Serves 18 – ½ cup per serving)

4 cups (1 quart) unsweetened apple juice
3 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
lemon slices

Combine all the ingredients in a large kettle and simmer for 10 minutes.  Serve hot.

Apple and Prune Dressing

(Serves 16)

¼ cup vegetable oil
1 medium-size onion
2 celery stalks, cored and chopped
2 apples, chopped
16 prunes, snipped into pieces
1 cup water
10 slices fresh whole wheat bread cubes (6 cups)
1 tsp dried sage, crushed
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Combine the oil, onion, celery, and apples in a large skillet.  Saute for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.  Remove from the heat.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Toss gently to mix well.  Use to stuff a 12- to 18-pound turkey or spoon the stuffing mixture into an oiled 2-quart baking dish.  When baking the stuffing in a casserole, cover and bake in a 325-degree oven for about 1 hour.

Rolled Sugar Cookies

(Makes 72)

½ cup margarine
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder

Cream together the margarine, sugar, vanilla, and egg until light and fluffy.  Add the flour and baking powder.  Blend until well mixed.  Chill the dough for 2 hours or overnight.  Roll out on a lightly floured surface until 1/8 inch thick.  Cut with a cookie cutter.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake in a 375-degree oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Cool before serving.

A Memorial Day “Merry Christmas” to our soldiers whereever you happen to be!

May 25, 2014

This weekend in the United States is Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is the day we remember those who fought and died protecting us and the freedoms we enjoy today. I think we should also remember the men and women who are currently serving in our armed forces. Many times these holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, are hard on our service people because they are away from home and may be feeling a little forgotten by those at home.

This website,, shows pictures taken of our soldiers celebrating Christmas. These pictures span the time between World War I to the present. The Spirit of Christmas truly does show up at all times in all situations.

This year while you prepare your own Christmas celebrations please remember the soldiers away from home perhaps fighting to keep you free and send them a Christmas package. Here are a couple websites that can help you do so.

Celebrating your birthday on Christmas day

April 25, 2013

Have you ever wished your birthday was Christmas day? I must admit I never have. Wedding anniversary maybe, but not birthday. I imagine some people love it. Others detest it. Some years my daughter’s birthday coincides with Thanksgiving Day. We tell her everyone in the United States are celebrating her birthday with parades, special meals, and lots of fun. She doesn’t agree and asks that we celebrate her birthday on another day during Thanksgiving week.

Here is a short list of people who were born on Christmas day:

1564 – Johannes Buxtorf (the Elder), German Protestant scholar
1642 – Sir Isaac Newton, English scientist, discovered the law of universal gravitation
1717 – Pope Pius VI, pope 1775-1799
1721 – William Collins, English poet
1763 – Claude Chappe, French engineer, developed the first semaphore
1821 – Clara Barton, U. S. humanitarian, founder of the American Red Cross
1878 – Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-American race car driver and automobile magnate
1887 – Conrad Hilton, U. S. hotelier, founder of Hilton Hotels Corporation
1889 – Lila Acheson Wallace, U. S. publisher, founded Reader’s Digest with her husband Dewitt Wallace
1893 – Robert Leroy Ripley, U. S. cartoonist, best known for his syndicated feature Believe It or Not
1899 – Humphrey Bogart, U. S. actor
1918 – Anwar Sadat, Egyptian leader, known for his peace efforts with Israel
1924 – Rod Sterling, U. S. TV personality, writer and host of The Twilight Zone

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