- The Simple Life
A Simple Christmas
A Simple Christmas is something I strive for every year. I
love Christmas, especially the Christmas Carols. The Christmas Eve
candlelight service has to be my favorite service of the year.
One year I was elected to play the carols for a Christmas
service at a small church. (I was the only one who could play the
piano, I guess!) Two of my children, Holly and BJ accompanied me to
the service and they were right at that age where they were too old
for the nursery, but I wished they had been IN the nursery that
night. Being normal kids, they began to fool around in the pew
right behind me as I played. As I recall, no one else sat close to
them, and I was wishing someone had clobbered them for me, but no
one did, so of course I tried to ignore their behavior the best that
I could, but finally, between songs, I had to get their attention
without drawing too much attention from the congregation.
As I recall, though, the atmosphere of the whole service was
very nice. The church simply glowed and I'm sure even Jesus
understood the giggles of two small children on Christmas Eve.
That service alone, to me, is the essence of Christmas. There
are no presents to worry about, no food to get ready, nothing has to
happen but that I show up and the music, more than anything, carries
me from there. The strains of Silent Night, Holy Night and O Little
Town of Bethlehem take us back in time to a simpler time. We are
there with the shepherds in the fields. We hear the angels singing
the sounds of heaven as we can only imagine angels sing. We walk
the dirt paths to the stable and see our tiny savior with them. And
we leave the church feeling as if we have witnessed a miracle with
our own eyes.
That is the meaning of Christmas. For 2000 years, somewhere in
the world, in tiny hamlets to huge cathedrals, worshipers have felt
this same awe that I feel every Christmas Eve.
According to John 3:16, "God so loved the world that He gave us
His son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life." Jesus is the real Reason for the Season; let's
make sure we and our families honor Him this holiday season and keep
Jesus in the season His season. No matter how we fuss and fight
throughout the year on this one quiet evening - it's just that
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I believe there's an inner power that makes winners or losers. And
the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their
hearts. ~~ Sylvester Stallone
Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster.~~ Anne Wilson
For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can
compare with her. ~~Proverbs 8:11
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Tuck this thought away: Never in eternity will we want to walk up to
Jesus and say, "I surely wish you had answered my prayer
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Christmas Card Strategies:
Don't throw away your Christmas cards this year - recycle them!
Most people don't write on the backside of the cover anyway. Cut or
tear off the picture and you have a postcard for next year.
Make up an address list of your Christmas Card list. If you
have a computer, this is even easier. Buy some labels and make up
Christmas labels, or most printers will print each envelope,
including your return address. If you receive a card from a new
person, or make a new friend, just add them to your list and the
hard part will all be done before Christmas. If you don't know how
to make labels - ask your grandkids! Bet they can figure it out!
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Sour Cream Taco Casserole
1 lb ground Beef or gr. or chopped chicken or turkey
2 medium Onions -- chopped
28 ounces Tomatoes, low sodium -- canned, drained
1 pkg taco seasoning or 2 1/2 T Taco Seasoning Mix
12 medium Corn Tortillas -- (6" diameter)
2 cups Co Jack cheese (12 ounces)
16 ounces Sour Cream, or imitation -- fat free,
1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and warm over
medium-high heat. Add the onions and meat and cook, stirring, for 5
minutes, or until tender. Drain any fat.l Add the tomatoes and taco
seasoning mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low,
cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until
well-blended. Remove from the heat. Preheat the oven to 325`.
Lightly coat a 13" x 9" baking dish with nonstick spray. Spread a
little of the tomato sauce mixture in the dish. Arrange 4 of the
tortillas on top of the sauce, tearing them to fit. Top with one-
third of the remaining sauce and one-third of the cheese.
Repeat the layering two more times. In a small bowl, combine the
sour cream and seasoned salt. Spread over the cheese to the edges of
the dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until
bubbly. Add any optional ingredients of your choice, such as
Keeping December Simple,
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