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Yes, it's about that time

Glad you could stop by! Sit and warm up by the fireplace. The children have been decorating the tree! We'll check on them in a bit. You can read some Christmas Legend's below.Be sure and visit all the pages. Enjoy your visit!

The Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree, which is an evergreen with it's boughs stretched toward heaven, reminds us of the everlasting life that Christ came to bring sinners. The candles or lights on the tree remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. This surely is what Martin Luther envisioned back in 1535 when he cut and decorated the first Christmas tree for his children. Prince Albert carried the Christmas tree custom from Germany to Windsor Castle in 1841. Ten years later, a Cleveland minister was accused of sacrilege and idolatry when he put up the first American tree. But a young child saw it right. "Mother", he whispered, "the pastor's got a tree from heaven!"

        Santa Claus
There are many stories of how the legend of Santa Claus began. My favorite story says that the modern Santa finds his origin in a young pastor named Nicholas. His parents died when he was still a boy, leaving him a fortune. He loved the Lord and cared deeply for those in need. Not wanting to receive any glory himself, he went secretly, during the night, to the homes of poor families. There he left gifts and money because of his love for Christ.

        Holly Leaf
The holly leaves and berries from the holly bush are widely used in holiday decorations. The sharp pointy edges of the holly leaf remind us of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore upon his brow. The red berries remind us of the blood that Jesus shed.

The tradition of kissing underneath the mistletoe began with a Scandinavian goddess called Frigga. Frigga's son Balder was shot with an arrow made of mistletoe. While Frigga's friends conjured up powers to save the boy, his mother cried tears that became the white berries on the mistletoe. Frigga's friends succeeded in saving Balder's life. Frigga ordered that the mistletoe should never again be used to harm others. Instead, she made it a symbol of love by kissing everyone who passed under it.

        1797 Christmas Dinner At Mount Vernon
  • An Onion Soup Called the King's Soup
  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Broiled Salt Roe Herring
  • Boiled Rockfish
  • Roast Beef and Yorshire Pudding
  • Mutton Chops
  • Roast Suckling Pig
  • Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing
  • Round of Cold Boiled Beef with Horseradish Sauce
  • Cold Baked Virginia Ham
  • Lima Beans
  • Baked Acorn Squash
  • Baked Celery with Slivered Almonds
  • Hominy Pudding
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Cantaloupe Pickle
  • Spiced Peaches in Brandy
  • Spiced Cranberries
  • Mincemeat Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Chess Tarts
  • Blancmange
  • Plums in Wine Jelly
  • Snowballs
  • Indian Pudding
  • Great Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Plum Pudding
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Raisins
  • Port Madeira

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