The Ten Best Things About Christmas

The Ten Best Things About Christmas

1. Celebrating the day that Christ was born to die so that I could live for Him

2. Spending time with family

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Joy: Advent Week 4

Joy: Advent Week 4

When I was little, I loved any song with the word joy, mostly because my middle name is Joye (pronounced joy), and I liked the idea that people were singing about me.

One of the most common Christmas carols with the word joy is “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts.  Surprisingly, Watts’s inspiration was not Luke 2, the account of Jesus’ birth, but Psalm 98, a psalm that praises Christ for His imminent return.  That’s right: one of our favorite “Christmas” songs is actually about Christ’s second coming.

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Simple Joy Saturday #49

Simple Joy Saturday #49

 

On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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December 16-22

1. Giving away presents

This week, I distributed presents to my coworkers and friends. As cliche as it sounds, I am sure giving the presents to my friends brought me as much joy as they felt receiving the gifts.

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Banana Peanut Butter Pancake Bars

Banana Peanut Butter Pancake Bars

My favorite family tradition is Christmas morning breakfast.  We devour homemade waffles, bacon, and fruit before we open presents.  Christmas morning at our house is slow and peaceful.

If your family tends to have a more rushed Christmas morning, then this is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast for you.  You can bake these pancake bars a night or two before and warm them in the microwave on Christmas morning.  They are dense, chewy, and slightly sweet, just like an extra-thick pancake.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of pancake mix + the extra ingredients listed on the package (water, eggs, milk, oil, etc.)
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare pancake batter according to the directions on the package.
  • Stir in cocoa powder, 2 tbs peanut butter, 1 banana (mashed), and the powdered sugar.
  • Pour batter into a pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.
  • Microwave remaining peanut butter about 30 seconds, until drippy.  Use a spoon to pour peanut butter in a zig-zag pattern across the top of the pancake bars. 
  • Cut remaining banana into slices, and arrange the slices on the top of the pancake bars.
  • Bake pancake bars for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  • Let cool completely before cutting.
  • Eat and enjoy!

P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens for Fiesta Friday.

Noel: Advent Week 3

Noel: Advent Week 3

Leave it to the grad student who is studying English to research the etymology of noel

Noel is a French word which means Christmas (go figure), but it is derived from the Latin word nātālis, meaning birthday.  As I thought about nātālis, I geekily marveled at the phonestheme: natalis, natal, nativity, native, nation, natural…

But I digress; I am not giving an English lesson today.  Instead, I want to talk about the first noel, the holy nativity.

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Humble King: Advent Week 2

Humble King: Advent Week 2

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion knew exactly what they needed:  a trip home, a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively.  They were also very certain of how they would receive the necessary gifts; after following the Yellow Brick Road, they would find a Wizard who could give them what they lacked.  If you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, then you know that these four travelers all received what they needed, but they didn’t receive what they expected. 

The same statement can be said of the nation of Israel.

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Unto Us: Advent Week 1

Unto Us: Advent Week 1

Cardboard calendars and cheap chocolate.

That is my first thought when I hear the word advent, so when I saw that the JourneyWomen Podcast dedicated an entire episode to advent, I didn’t quite know what to think.  Was Hunter going to talk about chocolate for 60 minutes?

Unto Us - Advent 2018
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