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Let us start off with a story!

One evening before Christmas Eve, Santa and the elves were sitting around the fireplace in Santa's Den.

Bonnie, sad that her job was almost over for the year, said, ""Santa u should read the letters send to u by different kids around the world"

Santa agreed and said "Yeah Bonnie, this time we had some very fine interesting letters from some good souls, will u read it for me."


Bonnie nodding his head took the bundle of letters written for Santa and started reading them.


Bonnie took the first letter and started to read it 



Bonnie after reading it looked at Santa and asked him "Santa, this girl didn't ask for any gift but she just asked to keep every one around her happy. What u will do?"

Santa:No bonnie we can't agree it and indeed they were the real wishes , which are to be fulfilled . We will visit her and bless her. 

Bonnie smiled.

Bonnie took another letter from the bundle and started to read it ...

Bonnie:Now what will u do

Santa:John's brother was little and love teddy bear a lot, so i will gift it to him and also keep a greeting card along his bed.




Dear Santa,

Like every year again you have come with your big bag full of gifts and your much awaited "Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas" greetings to let us know that the warmth of Christmas and it's extravaganza has yet made another entry into our lives to abate the winter's chilly shrill. Your red avatar and your amicable approach towards us by the chimneys, your jingle bell sounds of the deer-cart on which you have ridden and distributed your gifts and the excited feeling of the unprecedented gifts really gives Christmas it's aesthetic appeal and individuality. So here dear Santa, is my wish for the coming year and I want only contention and satisfaction. I want nothing from you but just pray that I stay satisfied with whatever I have and always stay happy. May the smile on my face never get eclipsed like the moon under the black clouds and that it may shine every time with an illuminating, eclectic feel of self dependency and contention. This is the key to the treasure of happiness and utmost faith upon oneself and the universe. May I enjoy each and every bit of my present hoping for a flourishing future, shedding off all glimpses of sadness and grief of the past.

Thank you for coming and hoping to see you again next year with a bag full of hopes and eyes full of eagerness and enthusiasm of seeing content facial expressions.

With best regards,

Edward





Bonnie looked at Santa and said "This boy looks funny, he was mostly thanking u"

Santa:That was the meaning of a pure soul Bonnie. Let me give him his favorite book as a gift to him.

Bonnie took one more letter and read it




Bonnie said "Thank Jesus! at least I got one correct wish."

Santa:Why Bonnie don't u think the remaining wishes are meaning less.

Bonnie:No Santa, but they didn't ask for any thing .

Santa:why they didn't ask , they did ask, they did ask to fulfill the happiness in their houses and heir surroundings. If every one wish like that the earth will become heaven .

Bonnie confused took one more letter and read it...

As they all continued they mostly had some wishing for the goodness fo their family and some containing wishes asking for some gifts.

As Bonnie reached the final letter he took it and read it ...



Bonnie completed reading all the letters and gave a sigh of relief and all the elves who was listening to the letters went into Santa store room and collected all the gifts necessary and greetings for each and every one. Santa packed them and was about to go, when the Elves wished to go along with Santa for distributing toys.

Now Santa thought and thought for a moment, and then he got an idea. "Why, you can all go with me on my journey around the world Christmas Eve," said Santa, with a twinkle in his eye. "You can go on Santa's Christmas Eve Travels with me"

The over whelmed elves joined him on the vehicle and Santa before starting said them...
"On Christmas Eve, you can all go on the journey around the world with me,"In fact, you can even help me. It's not easy delivering presents to all the boys and girls around the world before daybreak." 

Santa started his sleigh and started to move from one house to other around the world, landing the sleigh on the top of the roof and giving the children gifts.

A very excited Bonnie said "wow , it was really great"

Hopping down chimneys and tiptoeing through doors big and small, the elves helped Santa Claus deliver toys to all the good girls and boys around the world. 

Then, something happened. Santa was delivering toys at one house and a child woke up. "We've got to get Santa out of there!" exclaimed Bonnie.

"We can't let a child see Santa!" exclaimed one of the elf, already some of the elves dissapeared from there, and a confused Bonnie not knowing what to do took some powder from his pocket and thinking it to be the magic dust threw it on Santa. The child opened his eyes and founding no one went again to bed, Bonnie with a sigh of relief looked for Santa but suddenly a voice came and said "Bonnie u people all are lost now, u sprayed the wrong powder on Santa and u all people were separated and were lost from each other."

Bonnie:"forgive me divine, I didn't mind it, There was a mistake form me, but what to do now."

"People will find you all and will join you together Don't worry"




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Guide: Have an awesome Christmas 


Christmas is one time of the year that somehow manages to turn all the dampness and cold into joy and warmth. From decorating the house and tree with X-mas themes to preparing x-mas delights to  to having the entire family re-uniting...the aura reverberates with energy. 

It is that magical time of the year again when kids dream about Santa Day Dreaming wondering what shall they get for this X mas inside the stocking! People have an eternal smile on their face which cannot be wiped out no matter what and the bells start ringing with the sound of some lovely carols in the air.

With the snow sprinkling outside the windows and chilled air surrounding everyone the atmosphere is all tuned to welcome the X-mas...to thank the God for everything he bestowed upon us...and to enjoy the mood entirely. 

So what am I here for? 

To help you welcome the X-mas in your home. 

Every year as the x-mas approaches, our brain cells start pondering as to how can we decorate our home this time. What new delicacies can be prepared? What gifts can be given to friends, relatives and children. What can be done to make the gatherings more fun and enjoyable? 

Well, don't we think on these lines? Yes, we do. But most of times we do get stuck wondering what should be done and what not. We are confused regarding the themes and what should be done to make this year's x-mas different from the previous year. 

 It is really hard to pick what we want with some many options around and while some struggle with the problem of plenty, others are still looking for ideas. Here is a comprehensive list of some simple, elegant and unique tips to help make your festive season all that merrier'

You can find all the tips, decoration ideas, Recipes, Gift ideas under this single post...So Scroll down to have a look... Big smile

Boughs and bells


X-mas Decoration tips:

During Christmas every one takes some efforts to decorate his/her home in their own style. Some opt for the extravagant decorations while others opt for simple ones. Here are some tips and ideas to make it all easy for you.

Easy, Quick Ideas:

-- Create a charming display of teddy bears dressed for the season. Gather together three or more teddy bears and arrange them on a table or on the floor in a corner. Dress the bears with touques, scarves and mittens. Place candy canes in their hands or tie bows around their necks. You can even wrap up some small, empty boxes with Christmas wrapping paper to place in the bears' hands.

-- Display a collection of nativity scenes from different cultures.

-- Make simple bows from Christmas print ribbon and pin them to your curtains.

-- Hang a collection of Christmas stockings on your mantle, a shelf or the wall (even if you don't stuff them). The more the merrier when it comes to nice christmas decorations.

-- Revisit your childhood. Cut snowflakes from white paper and hang them in all of your windows.

-- Buy a clear plastic shower curtain. Use a hot glue gun to attach Christmas decorations to the outside of the curtain. Don't use breakable ornaments - instead, try small wooden or plastic ornaments (remove any hooks), bows, garland, etc.

-- Use red and green 3-dimensional fabric paints to trace simple Christmas patterns (like stars, bells, Santas, stockings, etc.) on a white tablecloth.

-- Dress up your house plants - hang small Christmas ornaments on them.

-- Tie a red ribbon around a tall, slim drinking glass. Fill the glass with candy canes and display on a shelf or side table.

-- Purchase plain green or red place mats and attach Christmas ribbons, bows or small wooden ornaments with a hot glue gun.

-- Decorate plain red, white, green or gold candles with 3-dimensional fabric paint. Draw stars, bells, angels, snowmen, etc. If you make a mistake, let the paint dry and peal it off, then start again.

-- Add color to a room with vases of red and white flowers. Use roses, carnations, mums, daisies, etc. Or, float the flowers in large crystal or glass bowls.

-- Wrap an assortment of medium to large sized boxes with Christmas wrap. Attach ribbons and/or bows. Pile the boxes in a corner from floor to ceiling.

-- Cover an end table or a shelf with white paper. Arrange cut evergreen boughs on to cover the table top. Place tall tapered candles in glass candleholders here and there on the table top

-- Hang mistletoe everywhere. Use false or fresh mistletoe. This is classic christmas decorations.

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Now that we have seen some good tips and tricks to decorate our houses, lets take a look at some wonderful pics that can give you an idea for decorating your houses and X-mas Trees. We have assorted a few pics here, the rest can be found in the link given below the respective section.


Outdoor Decoration:






                                    

Indoor Decoration:

Christmas Living Room 3 33 Christmas Decorations Ideas Bringing The Christmas Spirit into Your Living Room

Christmas Living Room 17 33 Christmas Decorations Ideas Bringing The Christmas Spirit into Your Living Room

Christmas Living Room 4 33 Christmas Decorations Ideas Bringing The Christmas Spirit into Your Living Room

Find an entire range of Decoration ideas in the below link:




                                    



Christmas Tree Decoration:








                                    


No, No...Absolutely No! This is not all of it!! More is to come for sure. Big smile We have given you tips on decorating your homes...but what about the decorating stuffs? Want to get some innovative ideas? Wink Scroll Down...to our crafts and Ornaments Section:

Crafts and Ornaments

Seed Bead Ball Ornament

Seed Bead Ball Ornament

What you'll need:

  • Glass ball ornament
  • White craft glue
  • Wide paintbrush
  • Seed beads
  • Bowl
  • String for hanging

How to make it:

  1. Place the seed beads into a bowl.
  2. Pipe glue all over the ornament and spread it around with a paintbrush, creating an even coat. 
  3. Hold the ornament by the hanger and roll it around in the seed beads. The beads will stick to the ornament, but you can lift beads with your fingers and sprinkle them on to fill any missed spots. (See photo.)
  4. Run some string through the ornament hanger and hang somewhere safe to dry.

Easy Layered Christmas Tree


Easy Layered Christmas Tree

What you'll need:

  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • 3 shades of green felt, dark, regular and light
  • Gold felt
  • Scissors
  • Felt glue
  • 8" piece of yarn
  • Pattern

How to make it:

  1. Paint craft stick brown and set aside to dry.
  2. Cut triangles from three different shades of green felt using the pattern(see image).
  3. Cut a star from the gold felt.
  4. Glue the felt triangles to the brown stick, starting at the bottom. Leave some of the bottom of the stick exposed as the tree trunk (see image).
  5. Glue the star to the top of the tree (see image).
  6. Fold yarn into a loop and glue to the back of the craft stick.

Tips: You can use glitter glue to add shiny garland!


Drip Ball Ornament


Drip Ball Ornament

What you'll need:

  • Glass ball ornaments
  • Acrylic craft paint in holiday colors
  • Empty egg carton
  • Ribbon for hangers
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear glaze spray suitable for glass

How to make it:

  1. Remove the hanger top from each ornament and set aside.
  2. Place egg carton upside down and place ball ornaments in the middle of four egg cups to act as your holder (see image).
  3. Place some paint in a palette and water the paint down until it begins to drip off the paintbrush (see image).
  4. Keep the paint palette close to your egg carton holder. Dip paintbrush into the watered down paint, picking up a generous amount. Move the paintbrush to the top of the ornament immediately. Place a dollop of paint onto the ornament. If it doesn't begin to drip down, add some more paint until it does. Continue this technique around the ornament, alternating colors as well. When finished, allow the ornaments to dry completely (see image)
  5. Once the ornaments are dry, replace the hanger tops and tie ribbon in place.
  6. Hang ornaments on a dowel or strong twig, and then in a well-ventilated area, spray with clear glaze spray. Let dry completely.

 

Tips:

  • Using the egg carton as a holder will cause the paint to stop where the paint drips down and meets the egg carton. You can avoid this by hanging the ornaments on something sturdy while you paint, just be sure that you have newspaper below to catch the drips.
  • The thicker the paint, the darker your drips will be. If you would like lighter drips, simply thin out the paint more.
  • If you paint simply won't drip, you will need to add more water. Test by holding the paintbrush directly above the paint palette. The paint should begin to drip within 3 seconds.

Jingle Bell Wreath

Jingle Bell Wreath


What you'll need:

  • Craft wire, 16 gauge is best
  • 50-60 12-mm jingle bells (we used 52)
  • 12" medium ribbon
  • 6" thin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutter

How to make it:

  1. To bend the craft wire into a half circle, wrap it around a jar or drinking cup. Bend one end of the wire into a loop by twisting the wire around itself (see image).
  2. String as many bells onto the wire as you can from the end that is not looped (see image).
  3. Poke the straight end of the wire through the looped end and twist several times to join together, creating the wreath (see image).
  4. Wrap wide ribbon around the joined wire to hide it. Tie ribbon into a bow and trim the excess (see image).
  5. Tie a piece of thin ribbon around the top of the wreath as the hanger.

 



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X-mas Delicacies

Holiday Help

Will the X-mas celebrations ever be complete without a good feast? Nope, never!  But what to serve? Some dishes that can be mouthwatering -- which would expectantly  receive appreciation-- but at the same time is not too hectic to prepare. Because Holidays are meant for relaxing as well. Isn't it? So what can be done?

Don't worry when the Christmas Special Guide is awaiting for you. Big smile Scroll down to find a few handpicked list of Special Christmas dishes that are easy to make and simultaneously appeases our taste buds. 


Main Dishes:

Crown Pork Roast with Apple-Cranberry Stuffing and Port Sauce

Crown Pork Roast with Apple-Cranberry Stuffing and Port Sauce

USP: If you want to impress your guests with a grand dish, this is it. And you don't have to think about making a separate side dish, because this one is already served with stuffing.


Ingredients

Stuffing:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 14- to16-ounce package of cornbread stuffing mix
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 apples (such as braeburn), cored, not peeled and chopped
  • 1/2-cup fresh cranberries, chopped

Crown Roast:

  • 1 12 to16 rib crown pork roast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Sauce:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4-cup port
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Cooking Instructions

Stuffing:

  1. In large skillet over medium heat heat oil until shimmers. Add onions and cook about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until translucent. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon, pepper, and allspice to combine.
  2. In large bowl combine onions, stuffing mix pecans, apples, and cranberries.

Pork Roast:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle roast inside and out with salt and pepper. Add stuffing to inside cavity; do not pack it.
  2. Cook for about 2 hours 20 minutes, or until a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat registers 155 degrees. Remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest at least 15 minutes.

Sauce:

  1. Place roasting pan over medium heat; add broth and port. Bring mixture to a boil, scraping up bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce liquid by about half. Add butter and swirl to combine.

Make-Ahead

  • Stuffing can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in the refrigerator. It should come to room temperature before stuffing the roast.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: About 2 hours 30 minutes plus resting time

Ready In: About 3 hours 15 minutes


Apple-Glazed Turkey


Apple-Glazed Turkey


USP: Roast turkey requires a crowd. So surround yourself with friends and family, and celebrate the season. 

Easy Quotient: Four ingredients and you've made a feast!! 

Apple-glazed turkey is a snap to make and a delight to eat. A sweet glaze with a touch of heat, that takes just a minute to make, is brushed on the turkey just before it's removed from the oven.

Ingredients

  • 1-12 pound turkey
  • cup apple jelly
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • - teaspoon ground red pepper
  • teaspoon salt

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove giblets and neck from cavity. Place giblets and neck (not the liver) in the roasting pan. Place rack in pan and put turkey on rack.
  2. Roast turkey until the skin is browned, about 2 -3 hours. Tent turkey with aluminum foil. Continue to roast until temperature in thickest part of thigh is 175 degrees F., about hour more.
  3. In a small pot, melt apple jelly. Stir in cinnamon and pepper to mix. Brush turkey with apple glaze and broil 4 inches from heating element about 3 minutes, until browned and bubbly.
  4. Remove turkey from oven, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest 30 minutes before carving.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes


Cooking Time: 3 - 3 1/2 hours

Ready In: 3 hours and 40 minutes to 4 hours and 10 minutes

Servings: 12


Baked Honey Ham

Baked Honey Ham


USP: A glazed ham adds a festive sparkle to your holiday table.

Easy Quotient: It's already cooked. You're just glazing it and warming it up. But no one needs to be told that it was that simple.

Ingredients

  • 10 lb (5 kg) fully (or partially) cooked bone-in smoked ham
  • whole cloves, if desired
  • 1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) orange juice
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) honey
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) grated orange zest

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
  2. If the ham has thick skin, slice off the top layer, leaving about 1/4-inch (.5 cm) of fat on the meat. Place, fat-side-up on a rack in a roasting pan. With a sharp knife, score the fat in a criss-cross pattern and poke a whole clove into each square, if desired. Pour water into the roasting pan to 1/4-inch (.5 cm) deep. (The water should not touch the ham -- if the rack is too low, just add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.) Place in the oven and roast, uncovered, for 20 minutes per pound or approximately 3-1/2 hours.
  3. While the ham is roasting, make the glaze. In a small saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, orange juice, honey, mustard and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. About 45 minutes before the ham is finished roasting, brush with some of the glaze. Continue to baste with the glaze every 10 minutes until the ham is done. (A meat thermometer should read 135 degrees F or 57 degrees C when poked into the thickest part of the ham.) Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

                                    


Desserts

Chocolate Fruit and Nut Truffles

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Ingredients
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate 
2 tablespoons heavy cream 
2 tablespoons cognac or rum 
1 1/4 cups apricots, finely chopped 
1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped 
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, minced 
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar, sifted 
30 hazelnut halves

Introduction:
An irresistible indulgence or a luscious gift for a special occasion, these chocolate truffles will delight your family and friends. 

Makes 30 servings.
Preparation time: 1 hour. 

Step 1:
Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment or aluminum foil. 

Step 2:
In the top of a double boiler over low heat, stir 4 ounces of the chocolate until melted. 

Step 3:
Remove from the heat and beat in the cream and cognac. Blend in the apricots, chopped hazelnuts, ginger, and confectioners sugar. Stir well to combine. 

Step 4:
Chill the mixture, if necessary, until firm enough to handle. Form into 1-inch balls and set aside on a sheet of wax paper. 

Step 5:
In the top of a double boiler over low heat, stir the remaining 5 ounces of chocolate until melted. Remove from the heat. 

Step 6:
Using a fork, dip each truffle into the melted chocolate, allowing any excess to run off. Place the truffles on the prepared baking sheet. Top each with a hazelnut half and chill. 

Step 7:
When the chocolate has set, the truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. 


Pavlova with mulled fruits

Pavlova with mulled fruits
  • Ingredients

    • 6 eggwhites
    • 1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 tsp cornflour
    • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
    • 1 cup small mint leaves
    • Good-quality vanilla ice cream, to serve
    • Mulled fruits

    • 6 cardamom pods, bruised
    • 6 cloves
    • 1 cinnamon quill
    • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
    • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
    • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
    • 150g raspberries
    • 150g redcurrants (see note)
    • 250g strawberries, hulled, halved
    • 2 tsp arrowroot (see note)

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 150C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

    2. Whisk the eggwhites and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water (don't let bowl touch water) to dissolve sugar. Pour eggwhite mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until thick and glossy. Gently fold in vanilla, cornflour and vinegar.

    3. Place 4 dollops of meringue on each baking tray, making a shallow indent in the centre of each with the back of a spoon.

    4. Place in oven, reduce heat to 120C and bake for 1 hour. Leave in the switched-off oven for 2-3 hours until meringues are dry and oven is completely cool. (They'll keep for up to 2 days in an airtight container.)

    5. Meanwhile, for the mulled fruits, tie cardamom and cloves in a small piece of muslin. Place in a sauecpan with the cinnamon, vanilla, wine and sugar. Stir over low heat to dissolve the sugar, then simmer over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes until reduced and syrupy. Add berries and simmer for 1 minute. Dissolve arrowroot in 1/3 cup (80ml) cold water. Stir into the syrup and simmer for 1-2 minutes until thickened. Cover and chill until needed, removing spices before serving.To serve, place meringues on plates, top each with a scoop of ice cream, followed by berries and syrup. Garnish with mint.


      Summer berry trifles


      Summer berry trifles


    • Ingredients (serves 10)

      • 1 x 85g pkt strawberry jelly crystals
      • 1 x 250g pkt jam rollettes
      • 125ml (1/2 cup) fresh orange juice, strained
      • 2 x 250g punnets strawberries, washed, hulled, thinly sliced
      • 2 x 150g punnets raspberries
      • 1 x 500g ctn thick vanilla custard
      • 1 x 300ml ctn thickened cream
      • 40g (1/4 cup) toasted slivered almonds

      Method

      1. Prepare the jelly following packet directions. Pour into a square 20cm (base measurement) cake pan. Place in the fridge for 3 hours or until set.

      2. Cut each rollette into 6 slices crossways. Place, in a single layer, on a clean work surface and brush with the orange juice.

      3. Divide half the rollette slices among the bases of ten 310ml (1 1/4-cup) capacity serving glasses. Top with half the strawberries and raspberries. Drizzle over half the custard. Use a teaspoon to transfer half the jelly to the glasses. Repeat with the remaining rollette slices, orange juice, strawberries, raspberries, custard and jelly.

      4. Cover the glasses with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight to develop the flavours.

      5. Use a whisk or an electric beater to beat the cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Spoon the cream over the trifles and sprinkle with the almonds to serve.

      Notes

      • For an easy twist for chocolate-lovers, replace the jam rollettes with chocolate rollettes and the vanilla custard with chocolate custard. Top with chocolate shavings to serve.

      • Allow 3 hours setting and 2 hours chilling time.


Zuccotto trifle


Zuccotto trifle

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 400g panettone, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 150ml good-quality dessert wine
  • 2 x 120g punnets fresh raspberries
  • 500g fresh ricotta
  • 60g (1/3 cup) icing sugar mixture
  • 1 x 600ml ctn thickened cream
  • 30g mixed glace fruit (such as cherries, pineapple and ginger), coarsely chopped
  • Fresh raspberries, extra, to decorate
  • 1 x 30g Cadbury Flake bar, crumbled

Method

  1. Place half the panettone in a 2L (8-cup) capacity serving dish. Drizzle over half the wine and top with half the raspberries.

  2. Use an electric beater to beat the ricotta, icing sugar and half the cream in a bowl until smooth. Spoon the ricotta mixture over the panettone. Top with the remaining raspberries and panettone. Drizzle over the remaining wine.

  3. Use a clean electric beater to beat the remaining cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Add the glace fruit and fold to combine. Spoon the cream mixture evenly over the top of the trifle. Decorate with the extra raspberries and sprinkle with Flake bar to serve.

Appetizers and Snacks:

Christmas meals are nothing if not hearty, and it is the job of the Christmas appetizer to really set the scene and tempt the palatte for what is to come.

Christmas Cheese Balls

Difficulty: Medium 
Serves: 2 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 package (8 oz. size) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces blue cheese
  • 6 ounces Cheez Whiz
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon MSG (optional)
  • 1 jar Old English Kraft Cheese, optional
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

  • RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

    1. Combine cheeses with onion, Worcestershire, and MSG. Beat until well blended. Stir in half the pecans and half the parsley.
    2. Shape in a ball or several small balls for gift giving. Wrap in plastic wrap, then in foil; refrigerate overnight. 1 hour before serving, roll in remaining pecans and parsley. If freezing, omit parsley rolling. Freezes well.

    Rudolph Delights

    Difficulty: Easy
    Serves / Makes: 10 

    INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 graham crackers (2 inch squares)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup tiny pretzel twists
  • 5 maraschino cherries

  • RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

    1. Using a serrated edge knife,carefully slice each cracker in half diagonally. This may take a little practice so count on a few extra crackers.
    2. Spread 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on each craker triangle. Use 2 raisins for eyes and 1 small piece of cherry for the nose. Break and arrange pretzel twists for antlers.

    Bacon-Almond Cheese Spread

    Bacon-Almond Cheese Spread.

    5 slices honey-cured bacon, or maple-smoked bacon
    2 cups cottage cheese
    tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    Salt, to taste
    Black pepper, to taste
    1/4 cup almonds, toasted and finely chopped

    Whole wheat toast triangles for accompaniment
    1. In a large skillet, fry the bacon over moderate heat until crisp, drain on paper towels, and crumble.
    2. In a blender or food processor, combine the cottage cheese, chives, Worcestershire, and salt and pepper, blend until just smooth, and scrape into a bowl.
    3. Add the bacon and almonds, stir until well blended, cover, and chill about 30 minutes before serving on toast triangles.


    Cranberry Crab Meat and Cream Cheese Appetizers

    Cranberry Crab Meat and Cream Cheese Appetizers.

    1/2 cup Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
    1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup minced crab meat
    2 tablespoons green onion, white and green parts, sliced
    15 individual mini-phyllo shells, thawed
    1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C).
    2. Place cranberry sauce in a small mixing bowl; beat with a fork or wire whisk until smooth.
    3. Combine cream cheese, crab meat and green onion in a small mixing bowl. Fill each shell with about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture. Top with 1/2 teaspoon cranberry sauce.
    4. Bake for 10 minutes or until heated through.

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    X-mas Stocking stuffer ideas

    Looking for some Stocking Stuffers? Not getting the right one? stumped on what we should fill them with?? Cannot think of anything at this moment but want to buy it quick? Wishing for something that's easy on pocket but would leave your loved one's smiling? Well, you have come down to the right place. Scroll down to find a huge list and links containing Stuffer ideas for Men, Women, Teens and Kids...!! 

     Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Women

    Jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings)

    Speciality teas or coffees

    Samples of hair products

    Hair accessories

    Key chain

    A copy of her favorite magazine

    Puzzle books like Sudoku

    Nail polish in cool colors

    Lipsticks and lip liners

    Eyeliners and mascara in cool colors she might not ordinarily try

    Perfume or cologne purse-sized

    Coin purse

    Sunglasses

    Gloves

    Movie tickets

    Tickets to an upcoming event

    Scarves

    Scented Candles

    Soaps and bath oils

    Massage oils

    Looking for something more different? Click here to find more ideas...

                                         


     Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men

    Speciality coffee samples

    Body spray

    Cologne and aftershave

    Soaps

    Massage oils

    Key rings

    Money clip

    Commemorative silver dollar

    Tie

    Jerky sticks

    Bags of nuts

    Novelty socks

    Novelty boxers

    Belt

    Playing cards and poker chips

    Favorite candy bar

    Tickets to a sporting event

    Sports, hunting, or car magazine

     

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     Stocking Stuffers for Teenage Girls

    Lip gloss

    Teen or glamour magazines

    Movie tickets

    Sunglasses

    Concert tickets

    Jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets)

    Novelty socks

    Scarves

    Makeup

    Commemorative silver dollar

    Cute little shaped neon Post-It pads

    Body sprays

    Hair accessories (brushes, mirrors, barrettes)

    Nail polish

    Novelty emery boards

    Small Picture frames

    Musical toothbrush

    Anything personalized-girls love to see their name on something

     

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     Stocking Stuffers for Teenage Boys

    Sunglasses

    Novelty socks

    Novelty boxers

    Jerky sticks

    Commemorative silver dollar

    Concert tickets

    Movie tickets

    Cologne and aftershave

    Musical Toothbrush

    Sports, car, motorcycle magazine


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    Stocking Stuffers for School-age Kids

    Crayons

    Colorful markers

    Special markers with glitter

    Hair accessories

    Novelty socks

    Toy cars and trucks

    Bags of farm animals, toy soldiers, etc.

    Small hand-held games

    Small puzzles

    Whistle

    Harmonica

    Personalized pens or pencils

    Hairbrush

    Musical toothbrush

    Bubble bath

    Candy (try Pop Rocks for some retro fun)

    Fruit roll-ups

    100-calorie packs of cookies or crackers

    Gum

    Novelty watches

    Sunglasses





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    X-mas Jokes and riddles.

    X-mas Celebrations are never complete without the family gathering together and having some fun time. Afterall X-mas means uniting together for these few days and having all sorts of fun. So why not take some tips from the below given Joke section...and let your audience be laughing away.

    What do elves learn in school?

    The Elf-abet 

    What is the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?

    The Christmas alphabet has No L (Noel)

     

    What Christmas Carol is a favorite of parents?

    Silent Night

    Why does Santa have 3 gardens?


    So he can Hoe Hoe Hoe

    What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

    Frosted Flakes
     

    What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

    Frost Bite 


    What kind of bird can write?

    A Pen-Guin

     

    What did the ghost say to Santa Claus?


    I'll have a boo Christmas without you 

    How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?

    Fleece Navidad!! 


    What does a cat on the beach have in common with Christmas?

    Sandy Claws 

    What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit?

    Crisp Cringle 

    What kind of candle burns longer, a red candle or a green candle?

    Neither! Candles always burn shorter!


    Why was Santa's little helper depressed?

    He had low elf-esteem
    What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?

    Claustrophobic




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    With this Special X-mas Guide, we wish that you have a splendid X-mas with your near and dear ones...!!  

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