My Jesus I love Thee
I know Thou art mine
For Thee all the Follies of Sin I resign
My Gracious Redeemer, My Saviour art Thou
If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus, tis now.

Gifts from your heart and home


Cookies In A Jar


More Unique Gifts in a Jar


Gifts you can make


Gift "Baskets" of all Kinds!  (I'll be updating this in a couple of days)


Gifts from Your Pantry


Gift Ideas for Any Occasion


Make  a  Gallon  Jar  "Topper"  for a  Gallon Jar  Gift


Recipes we love for Christmas


More Holiday Recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas


pamela's Fruitcake and NEW!  my  Pecan Pie Bars (large recipe)


Our "anytime" family recipes page


Aebleskivers (scroll down this page for recipes! 


More "Gifts in a Jar" from Mom of 9's place!


Danish Kringle!


This page started out simply as a place to post my fruitcake recipe. We had a "Christmas Page" sometime back, but removed it because of all the Christmas wrangling that goes on in different groups.   There are so many issues over which Christians divide, Christmas or annual celebrations or traditions are but a couple. We've made many changes in the ways and why's of celebrating Christmas in our home and family, and because the net is filled with all the pros and cons of celebrating or not celebrating Christmas, I've decided to be careful what I put up here and let the LORD just guide believers as to what's best for their homes and families.

We don't do a lot of the celebrating of Christmas in the same manner or way that most Americans celebrate, in that we don't put up Christmas decorations all over the house or a Christmas tree, laden with presents, and we don't buys lots of gifts, spending money we don't have, and don't attend elegant Christmas shows or dinners or office parties.  However, we do enjoy the season, we do attempt to share what we have, and in so doing, we attempt to demonstrate thanks for the greatest Gift ever given by loving our family, our friends and neighbors, and as we're able, we give gifts. 

In addition to weekly commemorating the life,  death and resurrection of the LORD Jesus in the LORD's Supper, at the end of each year,  we do celebrate the birth of the LORD Jesus---though we know the Bible doesn't specifically address the month He was born and doesn't direct us to remember His birth---certainly, celebrating His birth with Santa and all that, is not Biblical.    We feel as though we can use different situations to proclaim the Truth of the Gospel without getting caught up in pagan or cultural worship.  We understand that there are many ways to honour the LORD and reflect on the unspeakable gift of Jesus our Saviour.  We know many who seek to avoid all recognition of the day and its pagan practices, but we haven't been led in that manner.   We understand the passages in the Word that sure seem to point to the error of setting up Christmas trees and to other "rituals" that have no part in Christ but have become part of the "season." 

Jeremiah 10.2-6
2  Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3   For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4   They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5   They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
6   Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

We know books have been written and some [we believe] erroneously point to what are considered pagan roots. We've just attempted to not make *things* more important or the focal point of commemorating Christ's birth.  So, we study the Word, we sing of His glory and to His honour.  We enjoy the lights, we enjoy the sharing and giving of cards we write and things we bake. 

We'll sure enjoy learning new songs together as a family, and the preparing the gingerbread house my mother bought all the fixings to make!  We'll enjoy making fruitcake---no, not fruitcake like you might be thinking, but the *best* fruitcake ever!  My mother-in-law's recipe is truly the best!  In addition to that and lots of greeting cards, we'll make snowball and candy-cane cookies, fudge and peanut brittle, "almond roca" and pinwheels, date-bars and "frangos" and many other things.

It's a significant day for us as we also celebrate the birth of our daughter, born on Christmas Day, nearly eight years ago.  We've begun talking about the plans for her celebration and look forward to that day.  My husband also looks forward to preparing dinner for the family on Christmas Eve and we're always thrilled by all that he prepares for us---he's amazing!

*Happy birthday Jesus, I'm so glad it's Christmas...
 All the tinsel and lights and the presents are nice, but the real gift is You!
 Happy birthday JESUS, I'm so glad it's Christmas...
 all the carols and bells make the holiday swell,
but it's all about You ---- Happy birthday Jesus, Jesus I love you!!

*this is a song I love to hear this time of year.



Traditions we love for Christmas

Aebleskivers for breakfast! 



pamela's aebleskivers

2 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2+ cups buttermilk
3 eggs (separated)
3 Tablespoons melted butter

oil or butter/oil mixture for coating the aebleskiver pan.

Powdered sugar
Raspberry Jam  and/or Real Maple Syrup

Mix the flour, soda, baking powder, salt together with a fork. Set aside.  Blend egg yolk and buttermilk.  In a mixing bowl, whip egg whites still stiff.  Gently blend the dry and milk mixture and melted butter and then fold in the whipped egg whites.

Heat the aebleskiver (able-skeever) pan (a cast iron pan that has molded, rounded "cups" that hold the batter and help form the aebleskiver "pancake" balls).   When the pan is hot, you will “paint” each aebleskiver cup with oil.  (I use a ½ & ½ mixture of oil/butter)  When the pan is hot, fill each cup with batter and immediately start “turning” the aebleskivers with a knitting needle.  Quickly turning quarter turns at a time until all sides are cooked and the center is cooked through.  This is tricky the first couple of “pan-fulls” and then you’ll get the hang of it.  Then pluck the aebleskiver balls out of  the pan with the knitting needle.  Set on a plate and dust with powdered sugar and then serve with raspberry jam or maple syrup.  Repeat process each time of coating the pan-cups with oil and making the aebleskivers.  A typical serving size is 3 aebleskivers (the equivalent of 3 or so pancakes).  I triple this recipe for our family of 11 and make even more when the older sons are home!

It’s a funny thing to have to have a knitting needle to cook in the kitchen… but it’s necessary for the easy turning of the aebleskivers.  Anything else is too cumbersome.  I use a # 6 knitting needle.


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So, for Christmas... these are what Jesus gave to me...
and to you upon accepting His gift and acknowledging Him as Lord of and Saviour. 
O, what a Saviour.


The Twelve Days of Christmas
   by - Carroll Roberson

On the
first day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: salvation full and free. 

On the second day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the third day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: Peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the fourth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: love for all men, Peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the fifth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me:  joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart,  everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the sixth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me; power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the seventh day of Christmas Jesus gave to me:  a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the eighth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me:  a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the ninth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me:  mansions above, a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the tenth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me:  streets of pure gold, mansions above, a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the eleventh day of Christmas Jesus gave to me:  a thousand tongues to sing, streets of pure gold, mansions above, a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free. 

On the twelfth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me:  eternity to praise, a thousand tongues to sing, streets of pure gold, mansions above, a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.



The Legend of the Candy Cane

According to legend there was a candy maker who wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ. The result was the candy cane.

First of all he used a hard candy because Christ is the rock of ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble either a "J" for Jesus or a shepherd's staff. He made it white to represent the purity of Christ. Finally a red stripe was added to represent the blood Christ shed for the sins of the world and three thinner red stripes for the stripes he received on our behalf when the Roman soldiers whipped him. Sometimes a green stripe is added as reminder that Jesus is a gift from God.

The flavor of the cane is peppermint which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is in the mint family and and used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice. Jesus, the pure lamb of God, come to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

So the next time you see a candy cane, please hear the sermon it preaches: Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, is the sinless rock of ages who suffered and died for our sins.


Sugar Cookies

4     cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2  teaspoon salt
1     teaspoon baking powder
1     cup (2 sticks) butter
2     cups sugar
2     large eggs
2     teaspoons vanilla extract -or-
       2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice & zest of 2 lemons
1/4  cup fine sugar, for decorating (optional)

In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla or lemon.

Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Wrap dough in plastic or put in zip-lock bags---flatten and chill for about 30 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 325°. On a floured [mix flour and some powdered sugar] surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Lift to un-greased baking sheets; refrigerate while rolling rest of cookies;
Remove from fridge and decorate with sugar or leave plain and bake just until edges just start to brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.  Frost with frosting, let set to "harden" and store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 16 large or 32 small cookies

Everybody's Favourite Butter Cookies

2 Cups Butter
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
3 teaspoons Vanilla
5 egg yolks
(save whites for Lemon Meringue Pie!!)
5 Cups Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
Cream  the butter and sugar, add yolks, one at a time; add vanilla.  Stir the four and salt together and add to the butter mixture.

Roll into "logs" (can roll the logs in chopped walnuts, too) and refrigerate for a few hours, slice and place on baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes at 350

Decorate the cooled cookies with frosting or pipe decorative frosting onto each cookie or pipe green leaves in a circle onto the cookies and place 3 red-hots for berries to make a wreath. 

OR --- Refrigerate for an hour, roll out on flour/sugared board and cut with cookie cutters and then decorate with frosting when cooled.   OR  ---  Roll into walnut sized balls and press into the ball a half a candied cherry, or a walnut half or pecan half

---OR--- mix 1/2 the dough with red food colouring paste and form 6 inch ropes of red dough and 6" ropes of plain dough and set them together, side by side, twist and form a candy cane and bake.  Repeat till all the dough is used up.

Christmas and homemaking helps at other Websites

Just some links I've come across along the way

Future Christian Homemakers
You can order a Handbook filled with instructions for homemaking skills. 
You can also read about starting a Future Christian Homemakers group in your home.


bullet Annie's Christmas Welcome Page
bullet The Christmas Page

Home for the Holidays with Mom of 9


A "Christmastime letter"

Dear Sisters,
I pray you are all well!  It’s a blessing to be able to write to you once again.  I hope to one day share with you how the LORD has worked, enabling me to be at peace to begin writing to you again each week.  Following a difficult trial, and for several months I have felt nearly paralyzed to write to you seeing my failings and inadequacies.  But now, even knowing these conditions are present and that I have feet of clay---I’m happy to be able to send you this letter, the peace the LORD’s given is humbling.  I’ve made some changes to this letter as I originally prepared this message to read to our daughter in our Christmas program.  I didn’t title the message… so now, I just want to share with you about what we celebrate---the birth of Christ---what is called Christmas and how: “It never was about these things.”

        When I was a little girl, we spent Christmas (my mother, my brother and me) with my grandmother and I remember waking up on Christmas morning, and looking through the key-hole of the door to the living room of my grandmother’s cottage house---all I could see was a lighted Christmas tree with some presents underneath.

         We moved on Christmas---and when we got to the house that would be our home, the only thing we saw was a lighted Christmas tree in the window of that empty house.  I don’t know what my mother must’ve thought, but to me it was the most wonderful sight.  I didn’t know Jesus then and so Christmas was just a time of hoping Santa Claus would come.  We didn’t have a lot of family, so it really wasn’t a time of seeing all kinds of relatives or performing in Christmas pageants.  

Later, after my husband and I were married, I’d taken Daniel and Michael  with me to visit  my mother in California---and when we flew back home on Christmas Eve, my husband met us at the airport and as we drove back home and into the driveway of our old farm house, there in the window was a lighted Christmas tree!

         Early on and through the years, Christmases were often difficult---not like how the pictures in the ads seem to portray Christmas!  Often just getting a Christmas tree was a sacrifice. From my earliest memories, the Christmas tree had become this focal point---this marker of success or failure---happiness or tears.   At Christmastime through the years, I would often sit in our quiet living room holding a baby, late at night, the only light in the room was the glow from candles and the lights on the Christmas tree. A baby I used to hold at Christmastime now holds babies of his own and babies who learned to walk at Christmastime now walk and run so fast and I don’t rock them to sleep anymore.

 Though looking forward to Christmas---I was often sad and would face the day with dread.  I always hoped it would be this spectacular event, with fabulous, cleverly wrapped presents, and with treats and unique cookies for everyone. Though there’ve always been presents and we’ve always baked nice things to eat, it never was quite all I’d hoped it would be.  Over the years there have been so many plays and costumes and performances to preoccupy my thoughts, but each year, before I knew it: Christmas would be past. 

I’d never have things done in time and so I’d have to rush, staying up late to bake and sew, making mistakes and feeling alone.  I often felt disappointed that I couldn’t just get it all right---often feeling so empty in crowds,  hurrying to buy the gifts and knowing that I couldn’t afford them, trying to decide between food and baking supplies or purchasing simple gifts---rarely completing the long list of things to do and always regretting my annual lack of planning and foresight.   

Each year I’d look back on Christmas day and realize that I’d missed it.  Another Christmas was over---and because I was so concerned about what it was supposed to be and to making it feel right for everyone, I would completely miss living out the message and blessing that God had given.  I knew Him!  I knew Him but I didn’t know He was enough at “Christmas” and I didn’t know He was all I needed at “Christmas.”  

And then ------- the LORD in His mercy brought a change in my life and in my heart and Christmas has never been the same again.     

The clichés of Christmas, in time, became trite to me (Jesus is the reason for the season or Merry Christmas) because they detract from the Truth.  No longer could the birth and life of my LORD and Saviour be trivialized by tinsel on trees and reindeer or ribbon and wrappings or by all I hoped we could buy or give---God became flesh and dwelt among us, that we might have life---that we might be freed from the penalty of sin and death. 

The change that came about---and the change that’s still unfolding---the change started with the birth of a baby---a gift the LORD brought our family.

Though filled with joy in my heart I never thought the baby I was carrying would actually be born on that day---many months I waited for the 25th of December---the day set aside to celebrate the birth of Christ---also the due date given my baby…  and then I was awakened with the reality that that day had come!   Very early in the morning I sat wondering what Mary must’ve felt as she laboured in preparation of the birth of the LORD Jesus. 

In the evening of that same day as I held my newborn baby, I knew I was at a turning point and I wondered again how she felt the in evening of the day of the birth of Jesus.  

I was filled with awe at the mercy of the LORD in the gift of our baby on Christmas Day.  

From that day, I knew it could never again be about trees and ornaments, decked halls or sleigh bells ringing---no---it could *never be* about these things again because it *never was* about these things…

It could never again be about a Christmas tree and whatever symbolic attachment it’s been given.  It never was about a Christmas tree laden with lights and gifts…

It was about a baby, a baby born in a stable and lain in a manger--- the light of the world---the key to heaven. Ours is to pass that key along! It’s ours to share and celebrate: the real gift.  No, it’s never been about making lists and checking them twice, it’s not about whose been naughty or nice---for while we were yet sinners, [Christ was born] Christ died for us.  All were naughty---none were nice, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

The birth of Jesus was turning point---Christ came to a world bound by sin and sorrow separated from God to be that key unlocking the darkness and oppression.

On that day, long ago in Bethlehem, the world was given a gift… It was in the form of a baby, a baby whose birth was foretold by prophets and announced by angels----after the birth of Jesus, the world was never---could never be---the same again.

And for me, Christmas could never be the same again.

Thank you, Lisa

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