Almost "Free" Christmas Ideas
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By Sheryl Simons
"The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and
truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple
pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong."~~Laura Ingalls
"That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest".~~ Henry David
"When you finally allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it, you
will find you dance with everything." ~~ Emanuel
For nearly 2000 years people around the world have celebrated
Christmas. Santa and parties, twinkling lights and ringing bells
cannot take away from the `real' meaning of Christmas the birth of
Christ in the manger of Bethlehem.
The perfect Christmas is always in the back of our minds with
different traditions and foods, but still the same with love and
family central to us all.
It's said that most American's cannot even remember their favorite
Christmas present from last year! The most meaningful things, are
Free (or almost) things to do at Christmas!
Make a craft. Teach someone to knit or crochet, or sew, or do some
Take a walk in the dark on a crisp, cold evening and notice the hoot
of an owl, the stars, a plane streaking across the sky, smoke from a
chimney, shadows on the snow.
Go to the library for some great Christmas stories and some libraries
have books on tape, and videos, as well.
Give the gift of babysitting, while parents go shopping. The
laughter of children will be a gift to yourself.
Bake together. Or have a cookie sharing party.
Go to a museum.
Have a snow picnic. Bundle up and roast hotdogs over an open fire.
Remember the 80-20 Rule. You only use 20% of your stuff. Getting
rid of the rest will be a gift to yourself.
Help someone. Does a neighbor need something shoveled, or need a
dinner, or a load of wood? The warmth in your heart from a good deed
will last through the season.
Attend a Christmas concert there's nothing like music to help bring
focus to the season.
Go to an outdoor nativity in your area. Don't forget to bundle up!
This is fascinating, especially to city kids who don't often see
animals up close and personal. What a great way to make a memory!
Make a cake or cookies and visit a neighbor you don't often see, or a
Make a snowman don't forget the snow angels!
Have some cocoa and cookies while you decorate the tree.
Have a pot-luck with friends.
Go Christmas Caroling
Have a kiss under the Mistletoe!
Do some family research. I recently found my great-great
grandparents graves near Mesick at a small cemetery, with the
directions from my Great-Uncle. I had been by there numerous times
and didn't even know they were buried there. They were born in the
1850's! I feel like a piece of a great puzzle has been found.
Hooray!- What a treasure! The only thing better is if I could have
known them - but in a way, I do. Their daughter and son-in-law were
my great grandparents and I did know them. They had a neat and tidy
home, they were loving, they read daily from their Bibles, my
grandfather wrote poetry, they raised four loving daughters. My
great-great grandparents legacy lives on.
SIMPLE HOMEMADE PORK AND BEANS
1 lb. dry navy beans 1/4 lb. salt pork cut in strips (opt)
1 t dry mustard 1/4 c brown sugar
2 t salt 1/4 c dark molasses
1/2 c ketchup Chopped Onions (opt)
Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight. Drain
water. Save for other uses. Cover beans with boiling water and cook
30 minutes. Drain water. Save for other uses. Add salt pork, put in
bean pot adding some of the salt pork to the top. Mix mustard,
onions, sugar, salt and molasses; add to beans. Add ½ cup boiling
water, cover pot and bake at 250F oven for 6 hours. Add more water if
needed, just to keep beans covered. Remove cover during last hour. I
like to sprinkle French Fried Onion Rings (Dried) on the last ½
hour. 8 servings.
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