The story of the Magi is celebrated each Christmas. Three Wise Men, or Kings from the East, followed a radiant star that guided them to Bethlehem, where they laid rare, precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, before the baby Jesus. Many believe that these precious gifts brought to the Christ Child by the Three Wise Men, may be the origin of the custom of gift giving at Christmas, which has become universal.
Many holiday songs praise the "roasting of marshmallows" during this festive season. "There'll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting..." And so it seems that this charming holiday tradition continues with Holiday S'mores and More. We invite you to join in the fun and create your own family tradition with holiday s?mores, which will have everyone asking for "some more." Here is the recipe for Holiday S'mores:
Marshmallows * Chocolate * Graham Crackers
Layer chocolate bar on top of graham crackers.
Place warm marshmallows in the center. Enjoy!
Scandinavia has a rich artistic tradition featuring stunning patterns and brilliant colors woven into dazzling wool sweaters. This artistry dates back to the Vikings in the 9th century. Mr. Winter represents one of the premier Nordic folk arts, showcasing this unique style of knitting developed in these ancient, icy lands. Warm your heart with this classic winter wonder.
When she was little, all this artist ever wanted for Christmas was a horse. She had all kinds of toy horses. Her room was covered with posters of horses. She showed her parents pictures in books of the kind of horse she wanted. When they took her to see Santa, she would tell him "Please, please, bring me a Pony for Christmas." Then one Christmas morning her father handed her a present he said was from Santa. She opened it and let out a scream. It was a new halter with the name "Domino" engraved on a brass plate. She ran to the window and a beautiful bay Pinto was waiting outside for her, saddled up and ready to ride. "Santa's Surprise" is her gift to every other girl who has had the same Christmas wish for a Pony.
Heavenly angels play an important role in the celebration of Christmas. The beloved Christmas story is told that God gave a small group of tiny angels the special responsibility of watching over Joseph and Mary on their journey to Bethlehem. The angels carefully guided the young couple over rugged terrain during a cold winter night. The same little band of angels was so excited at witnessing the birth of Christ, that they burst into a song that reached the heavens and was so melodious it was heard all over the earth. A host of heavenly angels joined in, singing, "Glory be to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and good will to men." Celebrate the beauty and inspiration of the season with "Song of Angels."
No era in history has influenced the way we celebrate Christmas as much as the Victorian Era. Lavish amounts of evergreen boughs, holly, ivy and mistletoe were brought inside to symbolize prosperity. Roses were mixed in as a tribute to the legend of the little girl who happened upon the stable in Bethlehem, was upset because she had no gift for the Christ child, and as she began to cry, her tears turned into beautiful roses. Candles placed in windows during the twelve days of Christmas, carolers singing joyfully on snowy nights, many of our favorite carols, and "Victorian Christmas" are all Christmas inspirations from the Victorian Era.