Why I Love Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a throughly British holiday celebrated the first workday after Christmas. In Victorian times, people would fill up small boxes with money and give them to those who helped them through the year such as merchants or their servants, and the poor. Upper class ladies would also give their last year dresses and fashions to their lady’s maids for their use.  The roots of Boxing Day are linked to the tradition of placing alms in the church donation box and distributing the contents to the poor after Christmas, on the Feast of Saint Stephen.   I have always been an Anglophine.  I love British literature, especially 19th century.  My favorite author is Jane Austen, although I like Dickens, Hardy, and even Trollope.  But that’s not why I love boxing day…

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Happy Birthday Jesus

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Merry Christmas to All

I wish you and your family peace and joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This year has been filled with many milestones for my family.  Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Grandma

Today would have been my mother-in-law’s 72nd birthday.  We lost her last year just before Christmas after a seven-year battle with a rare form of cancer called thymoma

Grandma with Papa Thanksgiving 2009

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Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Cookie Tray

A sampling of our cookie tray:

Top: Scotch Shortbreads

Middle: Thumbprint Cookies

Bottom: Chocolate Spritz (cut into circles instead)

Side: Toffee-Nut Bars

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?

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Cookies of Christmas: Toffee-Nut Bars

This is our last week in the series, the 12 Cookies of Christmas, as we baked our way through my Mom’s Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook she received as a wedding present in 1959. Some of these recipes were holiday favorites in my Mom’s cookie tins such as Russian Tea Cookies aka Mexican Wedding Cakes.  Others were definitely experimental such as Finska Kakor, and Nurnberger.  My daughters and I had a great time baking.

The recipe for week twelve? Toffee-Nut Bars, the cookbook describes them as:

Almond-coconut topping on melt-in-the mouth crust.”

My husband dubbed them “ Vanishing Toffee Bars”

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How was your day, honey?

Since I became a parent five years ago, making the time and finding the energy to enrich and develop my marriage has been a struggle for me.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a great husband and I love him deeply.   And now, that I am home with our children, things have gotten a LOT better.  I do not feel like I am on a hamster wheel, rushing out of the house at 6:45 am and coming home at 5:45 pm. I can actually start thinking about how I can improve myself whereas before I was in survival mode.  That being said, I know “I” could do a better job when it comes to building our relationship.

I think it is very easy for me as a stay at-home mother to have my children become the priority in my life. They, at three and five years old, are still very dependent on me for many things. Being a home schooling Mom, I am also with them ALL THE TIME. However, there are things I can do to help balance my life and ensure my marriage is the priority relationship in the family. I recently realized, I need to look no further than my parents for an example.

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