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Cookies to celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas

It is almost December 5th - the celebration day of the Feast of St. Nicholas! To get into the spirit, and to learn all about the very first "Santa", visit the Saint Nicholas Center. You will learn about St. Nicholas (who was the Bishop of Myra during the third century) and how families around the world celebrate his feast day.

I wish you could smell my kitchen! Holiday Breads Are Baking!

I have been baking all day, and the fragrance of spices and dried fruit and brandy and almond have turned my kitchen into the most heavenly-scented place on earth. Today I am baking the most delicious almond filled Stollen because Stollen is my husband's favorite. And I am baking a beautiful, dried fruit studded Panettoni because ... well ... Panettoni is my favorite! And... I have mixed up 5 diffrent batches of cookie dough - but more about that tomorrow!

 

December 1st - Advent Calendar begins today - YAAAAAAAAAY

 

Here it is! The inspiration for the advent calendar I made my children 35 years ago. Another "must make" I saved from Mom's holiday magazines. This one I am almost sure was from McCalls.

And here is the last surviving ornament from the original set I made. My very crafty daughter Diane and I made new ones when she was in high school, and I tossed out the old felt ones. But she managed to retrieve one from the waste basket!

How to Make a Simple Cardboard Base For an Advent Wreath

Celebration of the Advent began as a time that Christians prepared for the coming of Christmas. There were two very familiar symbols to mark this period of time, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Both are from German tradition, and both are still used today - the Advent Wreath and Advent Calendar.

 

November 30th is the first Sunday of Advent. Here is the Advent wreath I made to celebrate these Advent Sundays.

HOW I MADE IT: (I like to keep it simple!)

Merry Marshmallow Men

As promised! Here is a little how-to for those little Marshmallow Men you saw in the Gingerbread house post.

 

Better Homes and Gardens, December 1960!! I have been hanging on to this clipping all that time! Better Homes and Gardens has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. It was one of two magazines my Mom subscribed to as I was growing up and I just couldn't wait for the holiday issues each year. All those crafty ideas for holiday decorations - I spent hours and hours pouring over those pages. And I look forward to my holiday issues just as much today!

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