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The Reason for the Season

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Christmas time is so much fun, filled with presents, decorations, special foods, stories and poems, festive music, Santa Claus and Snowmen. But the real reason Christmas is filled with so much joy begins with a different story, one that was written thousands of years ago.

Long ago, many years before your parents or grandparents were born, a promise was made to a people living in a land far away.

They were living under a terrible ruler, a bad, sad, horrid man, and life was very hard for them. But their God spoke to them through their prophets and told them that one day He would send His Son to save them. So the people tried to be good, waiting for that day.

One of those people was a young girl, Mary. She was going to marry Joseph the carpenter some day, but before that day came an angel visited Mary and told her she was going to be the mother of God's Son. Mary was scared. Can you imagine such a thing happening to you? But Mary had faith in God, and knew His promise.

An angel visited Joseph, too, and told him about Mary. Joseph loved Mary very much, and he loved God as well. So he stood by Mary while she carried the baby.

While Mary was pregnant, Joseph and Mary had to travel a long way. When they got to Bethlehem all the places to stay the night were full, so they rested in a stable warmed by oxen and sheep. It was there in that simple and humble place God's Son was born, and they named him Jesus.

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Up in the sky over Bethlehem an unusual star lit the night, and wise men followed the star to give gifts to God's Son, the baby Jesus.

Even to this day we give gifts to those we love, and to strangers as well, this time of year to celebrate Jesus's Birthday.

People are so happy that Jesus was born, that all sorts of wonderful and fun things are done each year to celebrate His birth. That is why there are decorations and all the fun things we do at Christmas. It is one very large Birthday Party, celebrated by people all over the world, in many different ways.

You can read the story of Jesus's times and His birth in the Bible. Just follow the verses below.

"Happy Birthday, Jesus!"

an angel another angel yet another angel! They're Ev-ery-where!!

- Bible verses New International Version -

Matthew 1:18-25

"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" which means "God with us." When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus."

Luke 2:1-20

"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds lying out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."

Matthew 2:1-11

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: " 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' " Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."

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"Those who follow the star still find Him." ~Mrs. Mouse

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Mrs. Mouse's Christmas Recipes!

"How could it be Christmas without those special recipes we only enjoy once a year?
Here are my family's favorites...Enjoy!" ~Mrs. Mouse

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Easy Butter Mints

(I'm not sure where I originally got this recipe, but I've used it for many years.
It makes great Christmas gifts!)

8 ounce package Cream Cheese, softened
2 teaspoons Peppermint Extract
9 cups sifted Powdered Sugar
food colors - red, blue, green, and yellow
additional sifted Powdered Sugar, as needed

In a Medium bowl combine Cream Cheese, Extract, and Powdered Sugar.
Mix well.
Divide into 4 equal portions.
Wrap 3 portions in plastic wrap and set aside.
Add a few drops of ONE Food Color to remaining portion.
Mix well.
Sprinkle counter with some additional Powdered Sugar, and roll colored Mint dough 1/2 inch thick.
Sprinkle dough with more Powdered Sugar.
Using a butter knife, cut rolled dough into 1/2 inch pieces.
Use a pancake turner to place pieces on a clean cookie sheet.
Cover with a dry kitchen towel.
Set aside for 12 hours or overnight to dry.

Repeat with remaining colors.
This recipe makes about 24 dozen mints.

(Alternately, you can use different Extract flavors and shapes,
and coat the pieces in melted chocolate instead of letting them dry.
This is Very Good! ~Mrs. Mouse)

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Simple Shortbread

1 cup Butter (No Substitutions)
1/2 cup Sugar
2 cups All Purpose Flour
pinch Salt
additional flour as needed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix Butter and Sugar until creamy.
Add Flour and Salt.
Mix well.
Roll out on a floured board to about 1/2 inches thick, and prick with a fork.
Cut into pieces 2 inches by 4 inches.
Put on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until edges are lightly browned.

(I also like to add mini chocolate chips to the dough before I roll this out.
YUM! ~Mrs. Mouse)

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Easy Fudge Brownies

1/4 cup Butter
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Egg
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips, divided
1/2 cup Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lightly grease an 8-inch baking dish.
Melt the Butter and pour into a Medium mixing bowl.
Add Cocoa and stir.
Add Sugar, Vanilla, Egg, and stir.
Add HALF of Peanut Butter Flavored Baking Chips.
Stir again.
Add Flour and mix well.
Spoon into prepared baking dish.
Smooth to edges.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Immediately top with remaining Baking Chips.
Allow to soften for 1 minute.
Smooth Chips over top of brownies.
Cool for 10 minutes before cutting into 9 squares.

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Lemon Biscuits

1/4 cup Butter (No substitutions!)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Extract
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 cup Confectioners' Powdered Sugar
3-4 teaspoons Water
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Extract
1-2 drops Yellow Food Color, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Meanwhile, in a Medium mixing bowl, cream Butter and Sugar together.
Add Egg and Lemon Extract and mix well.
Add Flour, Salt, and Baking Powder and mix well again.
Drop by rounded Teaspoons 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until done, but not browned.
Remove onto a sheet of waxed paper on the counter to cool for 5 minutes.
In a Small mixing bowl, mix Confectioners' Powdered Sugar, Water, Lemon Extract, and Food Color if desired.
Dip tops of Lemon Biscuits in Lemon glaze, and place back on waxed paper.
Spoon remaining glaze evenly over Lemon Biscuits.
Leave on waxed paper for 10 minutes to allow glaze to fully set up.

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Almond Button Cookies

1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1/4 cup Confectioners' Powdered Sugar
1/4 cup Butter (No Substitutes)
1 teaspoon Almond Extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a Small mixing bowl, combine Flour, Cornstarch, and Confectioners' Powdered Sugar.
Add Butter, cutting in by mashing with a fork.
When well combined, add Almond Extract, and mix well.
Dump out onto a clean counter top.
Using the palms of your hands, roll dough back and forth until it forms a 1-inch diameter rope.
Tear off 1-inch pieces of dough and roll them into balls.
Place dough on a cookie sheet.
Flatten dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are a light golden brown.

(These cookies easily become Thumblies!
Simply push your thumb into each piece of dough.
Fill indentation with a dab of your favorite Jam.
Bake as directed.)

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Tipsy & Tea-Total Eggnog


In a blender, Mix these ingredients-

6 large Eggs, the fresher the better
2/3 cup White Sugar
2 cups Half & Half
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract (NOT imitation flavored vanilla)
1/8-1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg (start with less)

For Tea-Total Eggnog -- Add these ingredients to the Starter, and mix well:

1 more cup Half & Half
2 teaspoons Rum Flavoring

For Tipsy Eggnog -- Add these ingredients to the Starter INSTEAD, and mix well:

1/2 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1/4 cup Brandy
1 more teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract (NOT imitation flavored vanilla)

(Allow either version to rest for 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving for best flavor.
Recipe makes 7-8 Cups.)

For one serving:

Put 1 scoop Vanilla Ice Cream in a blender.
Add 1 1/2 cups Eggnog Mix of choice (Tipsy or Tea-Total).
Blend until mixed and frothy.
Top with a sprinkling of Nutmeg.


* (If you are immuno-compromised, cook eggs as suggested by The U.S. Surgeon General.)

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Santa's Kisses (Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies)

4 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
4 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons ground Ginger
2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground Cloves
2 cups packed Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cups Vegetable Shortening
1/2 cup Molasses
2 Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Salt
White Granulated Sugar as needed, at least 1 cup
6 tablespoons Butter (No Substitutions)
4 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
3-4 tablespoons Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Combine Brown Sugar and Shortening in a large mixing bowl.
Add Molasses and Eggs.
Mix well.
Combine Flour, Baking Soda, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves in a medium bowl.
Stir well.
Add to moist ingredients.
Mix well.
Pat dough out to 1 inch thickness on a piece of waxed paper.
Cut with a butter knife into 1 inch squares.
(At this point you can cover dough with plastic wrap and place in freezer overnight, then bake the next day if you prefer.)
Form each square into a ball by rolling it in the palms of your hands.
Roll each ball in White Granulated Sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheet.
Allow to cool.
Mix Butter, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla Extract, and 3 tablespoons Heavy Cream in a small mixing bowl.
Beat well.
Add additional tablespoon Heavy Cream if needed.
Match cookies of the same size for sandwich cookies.
Place 1-2 teaspoons Butter Frosting between cookie halves.
Makes about 50 Santa's Kisses Sandwich Cookies.

(Best stored at room temperature 12 hours or overnight before serving. This allows the cookies to soften a bit. Keep in an airtight container.)

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Mrs. Mouse's Recipe for the Best Christmas Ever

1. Read "The Reason for the Season"
2. Give of yourself
3. Give thanks for your many blessings
4. Live the lesson of Christmas

Blend with the milk of human kindness.
Spread lavishly on everything in your path.
Cook up ways to bless those around you with love.
Share with everyone you meet.

Makes enough for the whole world, one creature at a time.

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