Lasting Light Poetry

December 21, 2002

Merry Christmas Everyone! ~ I hope you will find something to warm your holidays in these poems I've chosen to share with you. Please take some time out of your busy holiday schedule and have a look. ~

Season of Joy
http://lastinglight.com/seasonofjoy.html
Season of Joy

Gifts
http://lastinglight.com/gifts.html
Gifts

The Thread
http://lastinglight.com/thethread.html
The Thread

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Deb and Lynn's Spot ~

Deb's newest pages, Wee Greeting Cards.....

To Santa
http://weeinspirations.com/cards/card29.html
To Santa

Ho Ho Ho
http://weeinspirations.com/cards/card30.html
Ho Ho Ho

Inspirational Gatherings - Lynn's website
A gathering of inspiring poems, postcards, angel poems, living with depression and more.
http://inspiringyou.com
Inspirational Gatherings

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Recipes from the Board ~ This is the time to share our favorite treats and goodies with friends and family. My thanks to the special people who have shared these delicious recipes and gift ideas. The Lasting Light Poetry Message Board is filled with more fantastic ideas for parties and last minute gifts. Let's cook!

~~ Green Onion Darts ~ Posted by Lorna

1 pkg cream cheese
1 pkg thin sliced beef (Carl Buddig)
whole green onions, washed and trimmed

Fold meat slice in half, spread with cream cheese, place white end of onion on cream cheese and roll up inside the meat.

These are a big hit with the men, be sure to make plenty!

A variation on this would be to mix 1 pkg cream cheese with 1 cup sour cream and a dash of tabasco sauce, then stir in chopped meat and onion. Spoon into presentable heat proof dish, bake for 20 minutes at a 300 degree oven and serve with crackers.

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~~ KRIS KRINGLE COOKIES ~ Posted by Beatrice
A holiday snack idea

Invite Saint Nick to make a cameo appearance in your holiday cookie baking this season.

Cut out sugar cookie dough using a heart-shaped cookie cutter and bake according to the package or recipe directions.

Once they have cooled, turn each heart upside down and frost the two rounded parts with white icing.
Then top with shredded coconut to create Santa's beard and sideburns.
Use red decorating gel to turn the point of the heart into Santa's hat and add more coconut for the trim.
Add mini chocolate chip eyes and a red gel nose, and you've got yourself one jolly old elf.

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~~ Whisk Gift ~ Posted by Joni (Great idea and so easy!)

Take a large whisk and fill it with Hershey Kisses.
Wrap all in cello and tie with fancy ribbon.
Make a cute little holiday gift tag that says:

"We WISK you a Merry Christmas".

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~~ Apple Praline Bread ~ Posted by Anna

(This is good to give for a gift or have for breakfast with your coffee)

1 Cup granulated sugar
1 8-oz. carton dairy sour cream
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 Cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/4 C. chopped, peeled tart apples
1 C. chopped pecans (optional)
1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. brown sugar

Beat together white sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla on low speed; then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir together the dry ingredients and add to s. cream mix, beating on low until combined. Stir in apple and 1/2 C. pecans.

Turn into a greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans. Press lightly into batter.

Bake at 350 deg. for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If necessary, cover loosely with foil the last 10 minutes to prevent over-browning. Cool in p an on wire rack for 10 minutes.

Meanwhnile, in a small saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar and cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 1 minutes. Remove bread from pan; drizzle top with brown sugar mixture. Cool completely.

Makes 1 loaf

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A Christmas Note From Karen ~ "Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth recieve her King." The words from that beloved carol still ring out around the world. I join you in celebrating the reason for the season. There is good news! We are not alone when we have Christ in our hearts. That is the greatest gift I have ever received. Wise men and women still seek Him just like the three wise men who followed the star. He is the Friend who never leaves me. He loves me when I don't even love myself. I humbly submit to you that He is there for you right now and loves you just as you are. ~ I wish to thank each and every one of you who have continued to be a part of Lasting Light Poetry. Your encouragement and response is deeply appreciated. I invite you to sign my guestbook when you visit. I have one already filled up and I treasure it. ~ Merry Christmas from my heart to yours. Shine on............Karen

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Christmas Inspiration Via Lasting Light Poetry Message Board ~

Irish Christmas Blessing ~ Posted by Beatrice

God bless the corners of your house and all the lintels blessed.
And bless the hearth and bless the board and bless each place of rest,
And bless each door that opens wide to strangers as to kin,
And bless each crystal windowpane that lets the starlight in,
And bless the rooftop overhead and every sturdy wall.
The peace of man. The peace of God. With peace and love for all.

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Blessing ~ Posted by Sandy

May the strength of God pilot us.

May the power of God preserve us.

May the wisdom of God instruct us.

May the hand of God protect us.

May the shield of God defend us.

St. Patrick

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The Thing That Matters Most ~ Posted by Helen

The thing that matters most of all
Is do you whine or grin;
Are you a gallant, cheery soul
Refusing to give in?
A bit of pluck, a smile, a song
Will bring you through when things go wrong!

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I never say an unkind word
(Whatever provocation)
But what I wish with all my heart
For reconciliation.
There is no time, ere sun be set,
To say or do what we regret.

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QUOTES FOR THE SEASON ~

Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others, Is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing, The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing, Returns to you glad.
--John Greenleaf Whittier

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

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
--Hamilton Wright Mabi

Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.
--Helen Steiner Rice

He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.
--Sunshine Magazine

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How about a smile? This is for women only. Sorry guys!

ENJOY THE TRUTH!!!!!!! According to the Alaska Department of Fish and game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen.......had to be a girl. We should've known. Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night, and not get lost.

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Until next time.......share a smile!

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