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Sunday, December 21, 2008

We All Need a Silent Night

With only a few days left until Christmas, I am sure that more than a few of you are frazzled, flustered and jacked up on too little sleep and too much sugar and caffeine. The cold and snow may have made you stay inside when you REALLY had things to do and get done and the time is running out and I AM NOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!! Whoa, there, pull back and take a look around you. It is cold and crisp outside and the snow is beautiful.

Perhaps what we should do is use the cold and snow as an excuse for taking back the real meaning of Christmas with some family time (yes, your family can actually spend time together and probably won't kill each other). Radio stations, satellite TV and cable TV stations have 24 hour Christmas music, Hallmark and ABC Family channels have lots of fun Christmas movies that the whole family can watch together (so what if the plots are all remarkably similar and the endings are all the same, if you never saw the movie you will never know how it ends!!)..some are even poignant and require some personal introspection. If you don't know where to find some quality Christmas music, stream it online here or here or even here. Find a family project that everyone can participate in--working a jigsaw puzzle together, playing a board game, baking and decorating cookies, making something handmade to give as a gift in the event that you never get back out of your house to finish your shopping.

Here is a nice simple Cappucino drink mix that can be made and given with a mug and some marshmallows (or just by itself) as a gift made with love. Perfect for a teacher, pastor, neighbor gift...(P.S. You can also drink this as a family when you are watching your movies or playing games.).


1 cup instant coffee creamer
1 cup hot cocoa mix (any flavor you would like)
2/3 cup instant coffee
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container.
To serve: Mix 3 Tablespoons to 6 oz hot water or 4 Tablespoons to 8 oz of hot water.

Now that you have a better perspective, enjoy this lovely song by Amy Grant nicely choreographed by cmtrump.


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