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Quaker Christmas sampler
Rosca de Reyes (is a Spanish and Latin American king's cake pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany. Although the name indicates that it should be round, the rosca de reyes generally has an oval shape due to the need to make cakes larger than 30 cm across for larger parties. Recipes vary from country to country. For decoration, figs, quinces, cherries or dried and candied fruits are used. It is traditionally eaten on January 6, during the celebration of the Día de Reyes, which commemorates the arrival of the three Magi or Wise Men. In most of Spain, Spanish America, and sometimes, Hispanic communities in the United States, this is the day when children traditionally get presents, which are attributed to the Three Wise Men. In Mexico before children go to bed, they leave their shoes outside filled with hay or dried grass for the animals the Wise Men ride, along with a note. The tradition of placing a trinket in the cake is very old. The baby Jesus hidden in the bread represents the flight of the Holy Family, fleeing from King Herod's Massacre of the Innocents)
We've done Saint Nick, Kris Kringle and "The Santa Clause" movie, but I don't believe we've done this one yet.
Trisha Yearwood's Christmas in a Cup (Trisha’s recipe for the ultimate holiday cocktail is a snap to make thanks to this signature mix – a vibrant combination of ruby red pomegranate and cranberry juices blended with tangerine and lime. Simply add vodka or another favorite spirit, from gin or sparkling wine to bubbly water, for a refreshing winter cocktail)
Make 3 fun holiday cocktails with Trisha Yearwood's Christmas in a Cup. Find it at williams-sonoma.com.
Calling it a night...........................
The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)
A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus, to make a snow day. The machine breaks, and causes an out of control snowstorm.
Vrolijk Kerstfeest! (Merry Christmas in Dutch) - Dutch tradition says that Sinterklaas (or Sint-Nicolaas) lives in Spain and every year, on the 5th of December (St. Nicholas’ Eve), he arrives in a different harbor in The Netherlands so as many children as possible get a chance to see him. But Dutch Christmas celebrations are separate from the visit of Sinterklaas. On Christmas Eve, Kerstman (“Christmas Man”) comes from Lapland to bring even more presents (Dutch kids are the luckiest!). Then, on Christmas Day, the celebration continues with a Church Service and family meal.
White House Christmas Tree (also known as the Blue Room Christmas Tree, is the official indoor Christmas tree at the residence of the president of the United States, the White House. The first indoor Christmas tree was installed in the White House sometime in the 19th century (there are varying claims as to the exact year) and since 1961 the tree has had a themed motif at the discretion of the First Lady of the United States)
Biden's first Christmas tree 2021......................
Obama's 2009 tree................"We took about 800 ornaments left over from previous administrations, we sent them to 60 local community groups throughout the country, and asked them to decorate them to pay tribute to a favorite local landmark and then send them back to us for display here at the White House."----Michelle Obama
Kennedy's 1962 tree...................
The modest 1963 Blue Room Christmas Tree is seen inside the White House on Monday December 23, 1963. As the nation mourned their fallen president, LBJ had to carefully navigate that grief as the country also celebrated Christmas scarcely a month later...........................
Calling it a night...........................
Xmas - is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. It is sometimes pronounced /'?ksm?s/, but Xmas, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /'kr?sm?s/. The "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Christós (Greek: Χριστ?ς), which became Christ in English. The suffix -mas is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass. There is a common misconception that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas", but its use dates back to the 16th century.
A 1922 advertisement in Ladies' Home Journal: "Give her a L'Aiglon for Xmas"
"Xmas" used on a Christmas postcard, 1910
Yuletide Village, A Season of Lights (Renaissance Park in Warren County Ohio, home of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, offers a warm glow on Friday and Saturday nights from November 26 through December 18. The village beckons you to take in light shows, enjoy hot food & drinks while you wander through our Yuletide Market. Visit with Woodland Santa in his quaint workshop, or stumble upon Krampus in the lanes and learn about his yuletide story. Wander through themed lit areas ranging from the rivers of lights to our colorful Gum Drop Alley while costumed carolers serenade you. Get your holiday shopping done and stay toasty at our warming stations placed around the park)
The Yuletide Village Season of Lights event is located in Waynesville/Wilmington, OH. on the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds. My family and I visited (my ...
Zwarte Piet - (Dutch for "Black Pete"; Luxembourgish: Schwaarze Péiter, Indonesian: Pit Hitam, West Frisian: Swarte Pyt) is the companion of Saint Nicholas (Dutch: Sinterklaas, West Frisian: Sinteklaas, Luxembourgish: Kleeschen, Indonesian: Sinterklas) in the folklore of the Low Countries. The earliest known illustration of the character comes from an 1850 book by Amsterdam schoolteacher Jan Schenkman in which he was depicted as a black Moor from Spain. Those portraying the traditional version of Zwarte Piet usually put on blackface and colorful Renaissance attire in addition to curly wigs and bright red lipstick. The character has been increasingly controversial since the early 2010s and decreasingly prevalent at municipal holiday celebrations in the years that have followed. As of 2021, a revised version, dubbed Sooty Piet, has become more common than the traditional variant at public events, in addition to in television specials, films, social media, and advertising. Sooty Piet features the natural skin tone of the actors playing the character with soot marks created by streaks of dark makeup on their faces.