Favorite Christmas Recipes

It is once again that time of the year when we get together with family or friends to celebrate Christ’s birth! Here are some of our favorite recipes that put a smile on our face and remind us that, while Christmas is ultimately about celebrating the birth of the Savior, it is also a time to share love and joy with each other around the table.

Cranberry Crescent Rolls
Makes 24 Rolls

A homemade crescent roll is amazing in itself. Add warm cranberry filling and it is over the top yummy! ~Rachel

Bread Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1 cup butter/margarine
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons (2 packages) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110-115*)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
7-8 cups flour
1 can whole cranberry sauce

Glaze:
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions:
In saucepan, heat milk,butter,sugar and salt until bubbles appear around the edge.

Stir well. Cool (95-100*F)

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast with warm water. Let stand 5-10 minutes.

Beat yeast mixture and egg into milk mixture at low speed. Beat in half of the flour at low speed until smooth. Mix in remaining flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Mix on low for 2 minutes. Cover with a cloth; let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Punch down dough. Divide into 4 balls; roll each ball into a 12-inch circle. Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of cranberry sauce onto each rectangle. Starting with the wide end, roll up each wedge. Place on greased backing sheet. Curve ends to form crescent.

Cover loosely with a cloth; let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400* F. Brush crescents with glaze and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

 

Broccoli Supreme
6 Servings

My grandmother made this dish and it has always been my favorite way to eat broccoli. ~Rachel

Ingredients:
24 ounces broccoli
2 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1 teaspoon onion, finely diced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup butter/margarine, melted
½ cup bread crumbs
1 cup cheese, grated

Instructions:
Cook broccoli until crisp tender. Put in 9×9 baking dish.

Combine eggs, cottage cheese, onion, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.

Pour over broccoli.

Combine butter and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over broccoli mixture.

Bake at 350*F for 25 minutes. Top with grated cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes.

 

Christmas Veggie Pizza
Makes Two Christmas Trees; 8 serving each.

This recipe makes for a fun appetizer at a Christmas party or can be used as an addition to any meal. ~Chrystal

Ingredients:
2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent rolls or 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet
1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
3 cups finely chopped assorted vegetables (bell peppers, broccoli, carrot, cucumber and/or green onions)
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Instructions:

Heat oven to 375*F. Remove dough from cans; do not unroll.

Cut 16 slices from each can. Lay into the shape of two trees (or Christmas wreath!)

Bake one tree 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute; carefully loosen and slide onto cooling rack to cool.

Bake and cool second tree. Place each tree on serving platter.

In small bowl, mix cream cheese, ranch dressing and garlic powder; blend until smooth. Spread mixture over both trees.

Decorate trees with assorted vegetable pieces and cheese.

Refrigerate until serving time. To serve, pull apart slices of tree.

 

Pistachio Mallow Salad

I am reminded of my Grandmother Bixby who was known for making these types of desserts. This Pistachio Fluff is especially yummy and has my family fighting over the leftovers. ~ Chrystal 

Ingredients:
1-16 ounce carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
1-3.4 ounce package instant pistachio pudding mix 6 to 7 drops green food coloring, optional
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1-20 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 cup pistachios or walnuts, chopped
Additional whipped topping, optional

Instructions:
In a large bowl, combine whipped topping, pudding mix and food coloring if desired.

Fold in the marshmallows and pineapple. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, top with additional whipped topping if desired, sprinkle with nuts.

 

Christmas Cheese Ball
Makes 1 Cheese Ball

This is the only kind of cheese ball we ever made for Christmas. The crushed pineapple gives it a unique twist that most cheese balls don’t have. ~Angie

Ingredients:
2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup crushed pineapple, well-drained (get as much moisture out of the pineapple as possible)
2 teaspoons onion, minced
2 teaspoons sweet red pepper flakes
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoned salt
1/2 – 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients, except for the nuts.

Shape into a ball and pat on the nuts.

Chill and serve with crackers.

 

Caramel Popcorn

Having been raised in Brazil where Christmas popcorn was unavailable to buy in the stores, we always made this homemade version of caramel popcorn. Make a big batch–this stuff is addicting! ~Angie

Ingredients:
7 quarts popped popcorn (about 1 3/4 cups raw popcorn)
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda

Instructions:
Mix together the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in soda.

Immediately pour over popped popcorn.

Dump the caramel-covered popcorn onto 2 ungreased baking pans (with sides)

Bake at 250*F for about 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes. As it bakes, the popcorn will get drier and crunchier.

Note: Make sure all popcorn is popped by the time the caramel sauce is ready. The sauce hardens quickly and it will be hard to adequately coat the popcorn if it isn’t immediately poured over the popcorn.

 

We hope you have many opportunities this Christmas season to welcome people into your home to praise God for His Incarnation and worship Him together around your table! 

 

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Awaited Savior, Coming King

Christmas: that time of year where we celebrate the Little Baby, born in a manger.

In some ways, Christ was just like any other baby ever born, for He went through the physical birth process every baby must go through. He had the same physical needs every baby has: He needed clothing, food, shelter, and care. And unlike some folk-tradition, He did cry and need a mother’s arms to comfort Him, just like every other baby who needs a mother’s arms to hold and comfort them.

But in other ways—very significant ways—Christ was unlike any other baby ever born.

Indeed, He was God made into the form of a man.

He laid aside His divine glory so that He might clothe Himself with the garments of human flesh and human limitations, yet He never sinned.

And with His birth, Christ set in motion the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan, designed since before the foundation of the world.

What exactly was this plan?

Way back in the Garden of Eden, God declared to Satan and promised to Adam and Eve that He would “put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

God promised that one day, One would come who would conquer Satan, the tempter, the arch-enemy of God. This One would deliver mankind from sin’s penalty that has hung as a death-sentence over us since that critical day in the Garden.

God’s promise of a coming Deliverer was the seed of hope planted in the hearts of the first two people on planet earth. This was the seed of hope given in the midst of hopelessness.

As time went on, God unfolded more details of His divine plan to crush Satan and conquer sin.

We learn a description of who this Promised One would be:

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
(Isaiah 7:14)

Then we learn of this One’s name:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:7)

Just one verse later, we learn of part of the greater purpose for the Promised One: He will establish an everlasting kingdom, unlike any this world has ever known.

“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,
upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom,
to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

And then, as the prophets of old spoke according to the Word of the Lord, we learn where this Promised One would come from:

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.                           (Micah 5:2)

Generations passed and still no Deliverer had come.

Undoubtedly, many gave up on God ever making good on His promise to send One who would set all things right.

But then that quiet night, as the humble shepherds watched their flocks under the dark night’s sky, the glorious, magnificent, long-awaited news came!

An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and joyously proclaimed to them:

“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
(Luke 2:10-11)

The Savior, Christ the Lord, had come!

This is the One who was promised on that fateful day when man rebelled against God and sin entered the world.

This is the One who would redeem mankind from the curse of sin.

This is the One who would crush the Serpent’s head.

This is the One who would establish His kingdom forevermore.

This is the One who had come!

God’s promise of redemption and deliverance was no longer just a promise: It was beginning to unfold, even as the shepherds stood there in wonder at the angel’s announcement and joyous refrain of praise to God!

Christ’s birth declared to all those who believed that God was fulfilling His promise: He had sent the Deliverer.

However, while we rejoice in the coming of this baby, we still await the complete fulfillment of God’s promises concerning this Deliverer, for we continue to await the day when Christ will set up His eternal Kingdom and rule with divine justice and judgment.

This Christmas season, as we exult in the birth of Jesus Christ, let us rejoice not only in the celebration of the beginning of God’s unfolding plan, but also in the glad confidence that He is going to fulfill the rest of His promise by one day setting up His Kingdom to reign forevermore!

~Angie

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Gospel Centered Gift Ideas (mostly books)

 

Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ever given!

Every December we celebrate Jesus Christ coming to earth as a baby, born in the little town of Bethlehem. We think of the wise men that brought Him kingly gifts. Ultimately, we think of the gift of salvation He offers because of His death and resurrection.

What could be more appropriate than giving a gift this Christmas that points to the greatest gift ever given and the reason for celebrating?!

 Journibles

 Simply copy down Scripture. That’s what they used to do in Bible times, and that is the premise for Journibles. It may sound simplistic, but the process of writing out a book of the Bible has rewards that can only be understood once you have done it.

 

 

 

The Garden the Curtain and the Cross


The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross portrays with certain weightiness how sin entered the world, how God dwelt among His people, and how the Israelites were forbidden access into the Holy of Holies, God’s very presence. Over and over, the phrase is repeated “but because of your sin, you can’t come in.” It is beautiful to read how the believer now has access to the Father through Christ’s death. The illustrations in this book are delightful and the message will bring fresh joy and awe even to the parent’s heart while they read it to their children.

God’s Very Good Idea 

With charming illustrations, God’s Very Good Idea depicts how God created each person differently, but how each person—no matter how different they may be—can be a part of God’s wonderful family, the Church. The detailed pictures in this book are fantastic, and once again, the message of the Gospel is written in such a way that adults can appreciate God’s Very Good Idea just as much as children will. Every home should have this book.

Children’s Christmas Carols  – Children love hearing other kids sing! Mix up your Christmas playlist with these classic Christmas carols for children. There is even the option of purchasing unlimited streaming if you prefer that method.

 

The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible


The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible is a excellent resource for teaching children the Gospel message: with simple narratives and bold illustrations, each story stays true to the Biblical account and does not elaborate with extra-Biblical details to make the story more exciting. However, it does not dumb down important lessons such as the need for the Passover Lamb or the truth that Jesus really is God. In fact, one of the best features of this book is the main question at the end of each lesson that parents can use to drive home a Gospel truth. Each lesson presenting Gospel truths in a simple, yet accurate way so even the very young child can understand.

Fisher-Price Nativity

Children are always intrigued with nativity sets but they are often a hands-off item. This nativity is a perfect Christmas gift for young ones. Take time to tell your kiddo the Christmas story using these little figures or give them one piece a day leading up to Christmas with baby Jesus given on Christmas day!

Journal Bible
A Journal Bible is a beautiful tool for men or women to observe and meditate on truths as they use the blank space on each page for note taking or sketching art that correlates with Biblical truth!

 

My Creative Bible

A lot like a Journal Bible, My Creative Bible, has a wealth of blank area for notes and creative inspiration along with existing artwork of key verses ready to be colored in. I know many tween/teen girls who would enjoy a Bible like this!

 

We are always looking for ideas and would love to hear your recommendations for Gospel centered gifts! We hope you have a wonderful time sharing gifts with one another as you celebrate the Greatest Gift ever given!

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