Merry Christmas 2016!

Merry Christmas 2016!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and The Government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty GOD, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and peace there shall be no end, upon the Throne… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: Silent Night

Christmas Carols: Silent Night

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night” ~Luke 2:8 Unlike most Christmas carols, the origins of Silent Night are rooted in well-established facts AND steeped in dramatized legend. The Facts: Father Joseph Mohr (1792-1848), a young priest in the parish church at Oberndorf (a village on the… Continue Reading

Christmas Menu for 1660

Christmas Menu for 1660

The earliest published Christmas menu dates from 1660, the year of Charles II’s restoration to the throne. The Accomplisht Cook was written by Robert May, an English chef who trained in France and cooked for nobility throughout his life. This remarkable document includes a section titled “A bill of fare for Christmas Day and how to set… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

According to history, in Roquemaure, a small town in southern France, at the end of the year 1843, the parish church organ had been renovated. To celebrate the event, the priest asked town wine merchant and poet Placide Cappeau to write a Christmas poem, even though the latter never showed an interest in religion. Cappeau obliged, titling… Continue Reading

Christmas Blogs, Recipes, & More!

Christmas Blogs, Recipes, & More!

Over the years I’ve written a wealth of blogs for the Christmas season. Rather than re-post any of them, I’m providing links so you can pick which ones are of interest. Here goes!   Christmas History~~ Dunder and Blixem? : Delving into the origins of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Deck the Halls With Boughs… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: What Child is This?

Christmas Carols: What Child is This?

What Child is This? was written by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898), the manager of an insurance company in Glasgow. In 1865, when only 29 years of age, Dix was struck with a near fatal illness and consequently suffered months confined to his bed.  During this time, he read the Bible comprehensively and underwent a spiritual renewal that… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), younger brother of John Wesley. Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing was composed specifically as a “hymn for Christmas day” and appeared in 1739 in a book called… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ T to Z flowers

Floriography ~ T to Z flowers

Today I’m bringing the eighth and final installment in my study into Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. Past posts can be read by clicking these links– Floriography history & A and B flowers Floriography C and D flowers Floriography F and G flowers Floriography H, I, and J flowers Floriography L and M flowers… Continue Reading

Sutures: A necessary, and ancient, medical art

Sutures: A necessary, and ancient, medical art

Sutures have a long and bizarre history, dating back to ancient Egypt, where everything from tree bark to hair was used to stitch human flesh back together again. Physicians have used suture to close wounds for at least 4,000 years. Archaeological records from ancient Egypt show that Egyptians used linen and animal sinew to close… Continue Reading

Hot Chocolate Garnishes

Hot Chocolate Garnishes

Nothing wrong with a dollop of whipped cream or mini-marshmallows floating atop a steaming mug of hot chocolate. But for something a bit more exciting or unique, here are a few ideas to WOW your holiday guests and thrill your kiddies. When necessary, recipes are included or linked to, although in most cases the garnish… Continue Reading

Rainbows of Hot Chocolate

Rainbows of Hot Chocolate

The word “chocolate” automatically conjures the image of bars/chunks in ranging shades of brown. Then we remember there is white chocolate and food coloring. From there the possibilities are almost endless! With rainbow colors come a rainbow of flavors too.                         Continue Reading