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...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The ABC's of Christmas - G

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, 
We're happy tonight,
Walking in a winter wonderland. 
~ Dick Smith, Felix Bernard 1934

G ~ The ABC's of Christmas

Good morning my Christmas lovin' friends. Today I am doing the letter G

is for....
Glad Tidings, gingerbread, gold, frankincense, myrrh, and good will toward men.

Gingerbread cookies and houses are a long time favourite at Christmastime. When my boys were growing up I made gingerbread boys every year. I still enjoy them although I no longer bake them. They are such charming cookies!

These gingerbread boys I found at a craft fair many years ago. They look adorable around my son's ceramic Christmas tree that he made when he was twelve years old.

These days, I have a ceramic Gingerbread House which I purchased at Hallmark a number of years ago. It has wonderful gumdrops on it which light up and keep time to the music that plays when you ring the doorbell. It plays a most delightful rendition of The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.

My grandchildren love it and they always took turns ringing the door bell! I love a little whimsy at Christmastime, don't you? 

I also enjoy old fashioned Gingerbread cake served with apple sauce, whipped cream, or a wonderful vinegar sauce which was my grandmother's recipe. Yes, Vinegar Sauce; and it's delicious!  

The song, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is a Christmas carol based on a poem written by Henry W. Longfellow {1807-1882} and J. Baptiste Calkin {1827-1905} composed the melody.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men. 

We've all heard the story of the wise men who travelled a great distance to worship the new born King. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. " -Matthew 2:11

Thank you for visiting today. Please come back on Thursday for the letter H. Have a beautiful day everyone!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. What a charming post!Love that cute ceramic Gingerbread house!Your cake looks delicious!Hugs!

  2. I just got caught up with F and G, Sandi! I sure wish I could taste each of your fruitcakes, as they both look so good. Your gingerbread house from Hallmark is one that I remember you sharing. It's fun to bring out the old treasures, isn't it? I'd love a sample of your gingerbread with the vinegar sauce, too.

  3. Love gingerbread...Never made gingerbread men much, but I love just plain gingerbread. My mother always put a thin confectioner's sugar glaze on top, and a dollop of whipped cream. Making me want some now. We could all use some GOOD WILL toward men these days. some happy, positive news is what I love to hear. I always enjoy your posts. They help me to take a little break and just enjoy being with you here. Thank you.

  4. The only gingerbread that I'm enjoying is Tetley's Gingerbread Black Tea. I found it at ESC Coffee.

    If you're looking for a caffeine-free version, Celestial Seasonings has a gingerbread spice herbal tea.

    1. Oh, thank you, Margie. I'm going into the Bulk Barn soon so hopefully they will carry it.

    2. Yes, I saw the gingerbread spice herbal tea at Bulk Barn. A few weeks ago, all the CS teas went on sale for only $2.99...the day after I stocked up on Candy Cane Lane (regular price, but I used the $3 off coupon). D'oh!

  5. Sandi, I am LOVING the ABCs of Christmas. It would make a fabulous BOOK! Oh yes! A book would be perfect. Your writing and photos are splendid. Love them. I was shocked when I saw your fireplace as it looks very much like mine! Isn't that amazing? Look forward to each new post of your sweet and loving blog. Susan

  6. Have been reading your ABC’s of Christmas and am loving these posts looking forward to each one. Thanks for taking the time and do these each one is absolutely wonderful.
    Many blessings to you

  7. That cake looks sooooo good! I have coffee in hand right now dear Sandi. Can you just do a little magic and send me a slice? LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Sandi, I love gingerbread cookies and cakes. And, as Cindy said, That cake looks sooooo good! I never serve it with applesauce, only because my husband doesn't like it. But it is a classic combination.

  9. I have sure been loving this series. Christmas has so many faces---and you get to cover them all! Gingerbread is my favorite!!!!!and yours are gorgeous! (My comments are finally fixed!)

  10. I would love your recipe for Gingerbread, if you share it. And that Vinegar Sauce sounds most interesting. I know I would love it.


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