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Christmas Alphabet: T is for Tree

December 17, 2011

T is for Tree, like the Christmas tree you decorated that is standing somewhere in your house.

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It is believed that it was in Germany that the first fir tree was brought indoors, decorated with candles & tinsel. German Hessian soldiers were thought to have brought the tradition to America prior to the American Revolution.

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In our home, I put the lights & garland on our tree, leaving the ornaments for DH. I slot the “Messiah” CD or maybe “The Nutcracker Suite,” sit back with a cup of hot tea & offer my encouragement & approval for his excellent job at his favorite job – hanging beautiful blown glass ornaments, ornaments given to us the year we married, handmade ornaments created by the boys through their elementary school years, on & on until the storage box is empty. Our tree is not a decorator showcase beauty, but it has warmth & character & history. It’s always the most beautiful tree I see during the Christmas season.

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Our family also enjoys decorating a tree outside for the birds in our yard. We hang fresh cranberries strung on string, popcorn, too. Suet bars, pinecones smeared with peanut butter & fresh orange & apple slices are a hit with our tremendous variety of feathered friends.

Bird tree
Thanks, VF, for feeding your birds, too!

Cookie Tree Ornaments

I haven’t made homemade ornaments in years!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • Food Coloring, just a few drops, your choice color
  • Cookie Cutters

Instructions:

  1. Mix baking soda, cornstarch, water & food coloring in a saucepan.
  2. Stirring with a wooden spoon, cook over medium heat until the mixtures adheres & forms a ball.
  3. Allow to cool until able to handle.
  4. Roll out like pie dough & cut with cookie cutters.
  5. Make a hole in the top of each cut-out with a skewer or chop stick for the ornament hanger.
  6. Allow to dry overnight on baking sheet. DO NOT BAKE!
  7. You can add glitter or stickers or hang them as they are on your Christmas tree.
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