By Norma Shull Smith

It is that time of year again, where women and some men, are planning food for their Christmas gatherings. I am pretty much a traditionalist and tend to make the same goodies year after year. It’s that sentimental blood within me that keeps me cooking things I made for my kids, as well as a few from my own childhood. I don’t go crazy making things like I did when the kids were little. We pulled Taffy, made Gingerbread Cookies and Gingerbread Houses, made several flavors of Hard Tack Candy, Fudge, Divinity, Pumpkin Rolls, Apple Pies, Buckeyes, Russian Tea Cookies, Caramel Popcorn and the list seems endless.
I am blessed to have several great cooks in the family, as well as a gourmet cook, so I eagerly look forward to what creations will be offered up.
From the initial grocery store trek, to stock up on necessary ingredients, an awfully lot of prep work goes into the planning, before it gets to the table. There seems to be continual making of lists, then checking it twice!!
If I were to ask each of you what makes your mouth thirst, each of you would offer up a different food or drink. My personal favorite is Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle, a treat my eldest daughter introduced to me a few years back. It’s one of those foods that makes a person over indulge!
At Christmas and other holidays, Americans especially, tend to overlook the sugar and caloric intake, because all the goodies are so very enticing.
With this said, the Hallmark channel began playing their annual Christmas movies a few weeks ago and you will be able to tune into nonstop Christmas music on the radio from now until the New Year. The internet and some stores pushing Christmas shopping before Halloween was over and oh we can’t forget the rush of Black Friday!
Does just the word Christmas itself give you any other desires than food or drink? Does it mean more to you than gift giving and getting? Does it even mean more to you than gatherings of family and friends?
Now that my article has you totally thinking of Christmas, may I put this thought upon your heart…….
How often throughout all of the hubbub of shopping, wrapping, cooking and attending parties does your attention even turn to the celebrant? Does the season give you the desire to grow closer to the one you are celebrating? I know God is honored when we do all of this to honor His only Son; that is if you are truly doing it because of “CHRIST”mas!
I hope this will stir up a new recipe within your heart. Merry Christmas! Eternity Matters. Micah 5:2 Isaiah 7:14
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