Merry Christmas!!!

Hiya, Welcome back to PEP! Merry Christmas!!!

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I hope ya’ll are having a wonderful holiday and that it’s going the way ya’ll desired. If ya’ll have family to spend it with, I hope ya’ll are all together. This is the season for family and giving. But I realize some people are loners or don’t enjoy Christmas; for whatever reason(s); so I hope ya’ll are also enjoying yourselves however you’re celebrating, (or not celebrating). I celebrate the reason for the season, Jesus Christ’s birth so happy birthday, Jesus and Hallelujah. I enjoy family time as well as giving. I actually love picking out gifts and giving them to friends and family more than I do receiving, though I won’t lie, I do enjoy getting gifts. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t and anyone that says they don’t- is lying-in my opinion.

This week’s question: What are your Christmas Eve traditions? Are there things you do every year, no matter what?

My answer: Yes, there are! Every year, on Christmas Eve, we cook up the Christmas Eve feast. The feast is appetizer after appetizer. This year, we’re having mozzarella sticks, homemade onion rings, homemade Mac n Cheese cups, and homemade pigs in a blanket, meatballs followed by all of the desserts that I’ve baked. We eat the feast while watching It’s A Wonderful Life. While watching, we also open the Christmas pajamas; we get a new pair every year that we wear that night and one gift that’s not the pajamas. After the movie’s over, we read the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible before filling up stockings and setting out last gifts and heading to bed.

What’s your answer?  Also: Does your family celebrate any holiday traditions from other countries-or are you from another country other than USA? If so, I’d love to know what they are so please, comment below.

This week’s baking: I was very busy. I made fudge, one batch with nuts and one batch without nuts as I’m a purist-fudge should not have nuts. I also baked lemon bars and gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. I figured out the secret to fluffy cupcakes! These cupcakes, though still slightly dense due to being gingerbread, were fluffier than any other cupcakes I’ve ever made. I still have the cherry pie to bake tomorrow, I’m writing this on the 23rd to post on Christmas as I’ll be busy with family. I’ve also made homemade turtles for my mom as a Christmas gift, though she doesn’t know it yet, as she loves turtles. I also made eggnog cinnamon rolls for Christmas Eve breakfast, they’re in the fridge waiting to be baked off in the morning.  Is there any special holiday baking you do? I still have more to do next week; I’ll be making red velvet cake and chocolate mint cookies for New Year’s. But I love baking so it’s fun for me, though the kitchen does get warm after a while.

This week’s writing:

“I have 50 boxes of cake mix, we need to start making cakes ASAP, where are you?”

“I think you got the wrong number but count me in anyway, it sounds like fun!”

There was dead silence on the other end for a moment before, “Really?”

“Sure! I’m not doing anything anyway and this founds fun!”

“Alright. Meet us at 5050 West Green Briar, just knock on the red door.”

“Okay! I’ll be the blond with purple highlights.”

“I’ll answer, with red curly hair.”

Liza hung up before turning to Max, “Do you have another number for Kane? That’s one no good, it’s for someone else.”

“That’s the only one I have, did you dial it right?”

They checked the number and realized she’d transposed the last two numbers and Max calls Kane.

“I did get a volunteer, though. She doesn’t know hwy we’re baking all of the cakes but it sounded like fun so she said she’d join us.”

“Oh. Well, the more hands the better.”

Soon enough, there was a knock on the door as they were mixing up the first of the cake mixes.

Liza answered to find both Kane and the blond with purple highlights as promised.

Kane waved briefly before heading into the kitchen and Liza introduced herself to their new volunteer.

“I’m Liza Brown. We’re from the Giving club at Adeline University.”

“Oh, I’ve heard of ya’ll! I’m a sophomore at AU. I’m Gina Watson.”

“Cool. I’m a junior. Come on in, we’re baking chocolate and red velvet cakes for the homeless shelter for Christmas.”

“Cool. I did wonder what anyone would need 50 cake mixes for.”

“That’s it.” © Paula Crofoot

Monday Motivation: I’ve got a few for today for Christmas-found online-regardless of who originally stated them, I like the messages:

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. –Norman Vincent Peale

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things- Thomas S. Monson

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. – Thomas S. Monson.

Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year. – Joel Osteen.

Writing Prompt: Pretend that you are a wiggly, wriggly, roly-poly puppy, and you have been chosen as a Christmas present for a boy or girl. First, tell how you feel saying goodbye to your family, then being placed in a box under the Christmas tree, finally, write about what it’s like meeting your new friend and owner.

Music I’m listening to as I’m posting this: Once in Royal David’s City-Carlyle Frasier: Celtic Christmas

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