An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Celebrating holiday traditions is what makes families unique and bonds family members together. An old-fashioned family Christmas might be difficult to achieve when people are preoccupied with the newest iPad, flat screen 3D TV,  or latest video game. However, you can rekindle the feeling of an old-fashioned Christmas by observing a few well-chosen traditions.

One way to do this is by making a family Christmas recipe – one that you only make and share during the holiday season. This will help keep the tradition alive of spending time together with your loved ones. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate; it could be as simple as baking a batch of cookies. Give some to friends, relatives, and neighbors with whom you wish to share a special treat.

One of our family’s Christmas traditions is starting out the month of December by watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. In the fantasy world of Narnia it is “always winter but never Christmas” – that is, until an ancient prophecy is fulfilled. Just as the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a fine read-aloud for the whole family, the movie is a wonderful family film.

A perfect holiday recipe to make after watching the Chronicles of Narnia movie is Turkish Delight. C.S. Lewis described it this way in the book:

“The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.” –The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Turkish Delight Recipe

You will need:
6 (3 oz.) packages Jell-O
(lime, lemon, orange, strawberry or raspberry)
1 cup boiling water
Confectioners powdered sugar

Put 6 (3 oz.) packages of Jell-O (all the same flavor) in a saucepan. Add 1 cup boiling water. Stir to mix. Simmer over low heat 5 minutes. Pour into wet 8-inch square pan. Cool and chill until firm. Cut into 1-inch squares and toss them in confectioners sugar. Repeat these steps to make more in another flavor. A special treat for festive occasions!

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