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Wishing You and Yours a Peaceful Holiday Season…
In what many people have described the most challenging year, 2020 has reminded us joy can be found the most simple moments. We have learned how to be closer while “distancing,” and how to adapt our lives in uncharted territories. In the spirit of this season, we look back at five fond traditions and how they came to be in our lives.
1. The Christmas Tree: The Christmas tree was not always associated with the festival of Christmas. In fact, it was Germans who started the tradition of bringing Christmas trees into their homes. They decorated these trees and their homes on the day of Christmas. This tradition of Christmas tree became popular in America only after 1830s when Queen Victoria got married to Prince Albert of Germany. An artist made a sketch of the two of them in front of a Christmas tree that became popular all over America. Soon people started to embrace Christmas tree as a part of the festival of Christmas.
2. Christmas Stockings: This popular tradition originated in Holland, with a poor farmer, who had three daughters. He was distraught because he did not have the money to marry them off. Sensing his plight, St. Nicholas dropped a bag full of gold from the chimney of his house. This bag of gold fell into a stocking that was being dried over a fire inside the house. This is how the tradition of hiding gifts for small children in stockings started and is still enjoyed all these years later.
3. Santa Claus: Based on the legend of St. Nicholas, who was believed to have been very fond of small children. A beloved Saint who brought gifts to small children. Did you know that Santa Clause clothes in the early days were green and blue and not red? Yes, it goes to the credit of Coca Cola to have introduced the red clothes for Santa Clause in 1930. People loved this attire of red gown and cap so much that it became a forever dress for Santa Clause. There are 8 and not one reindeer carrying the sleigh of Santa Clause as he moves around the world spreading happiness. This is because one reindeer would have been unable to carry the weight of his sleigh full of gifts for every child in the world.
4. Rudolf: In 1939, Montgomery Ward department store gave the world its first peak at the character “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” What soon became a household favorite, was originally designed to be a marketing tool in the Christmas season for this popular department store. Catalog writer, Robert L. May wrote a manuscript that painted a world where there was one additional reindeer that helped save Christmas. He had the unique opportunity to share his work, when Montgomery Ward decided to replace coloring books with an idea they could copyright. Today, “Rudolf” is still enjoyed by millions around the world.
5. ”We wish you a Merry Christmas”: A song known by all and is sung every holiday, had an entrancing start. It was originally a threat. The ever-popular song was originally sung loudly and repeatedly by crowds of rowdy, lower class servants demanding booze from there masters or else. I.E. “We won’t go until we get some!” “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. The song was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh”. It was supposed to be played in the composer’s Sunday school class during Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races. “Jingle Bells” was also the first song to be broadcast from space.
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¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons lemon extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup white sugar for decoration
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, oil, confectioners’ sugar and white sugar until well blended. Stir in the eggs, vanilla and lemon extracts. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until well blended. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto the cookie sheet. Flatten cookies to 1/8 inch thickness using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Colored sugar may be used if you do not plan to frost cookies later.
Bake for 9 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
141 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 16.8g; fat 7.7g; cholesterol 15.4mg; sodium
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