Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas A to Z Letter S

Welcome Back to Christmas A to Z
S …is for Silent Night, Shepherds, Skating, Spritz
Silent Night and Shepherds
“Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia.
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.
Do you ever wonder why the Birth of Jesus was first told to Shepherds?
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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Skating
I have enjoyed watching Ice Skating during the Christmas Season.
Many years ago I saw a beautiful version of Silent Night performed Dorothy Hamill, with Mannheim Steamroller’s “Stille Nacht”. The Skating Special was The Christmas Angel. The song and skating was beautiful and very peaceful to watch. Enjoy…
Dorothy
Spritz
During the Christmas Season since childhood, I remember my Mother making batch after batch of Spritz Cookies. We enjoyed decorating them and then tasting. Do you like Spritz?
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Classic Spritz Cookies
Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
Food color, if desired
Currants, raisins, candies, colored sugar, finely chopped nuts, candied fruit or fruit peel, if desired
DirectionsHeat oven to 400ºF. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, salt, egg, almond extract and a few drops of food color.
Place dough in cookie press. Form desired shapes on un-greased cookie sheet. Decorate with currants.

Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. To decorate cookies after baking, use a drop of corn syrup to attach decorations to cookies.
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I hope you will join me again tomorrow as the Christmas Celebration continues…
Carolyn and the Bears

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