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Christmas Book Tradition


One of our favorite holiday traditions is to read a Christmas book every night. We start the day after Thanksgiving and read one picture book. We wrap the books in gift wrap, so we never quite know what book that night we will be reading. We now have sooooo many book, (more then the nights), so I take the extra books and put them in a basket. We will usually pick one of those to read to. We always read the same book of Christmas eve "A Christmas Story". So we know what book this is, I have the girls turn around the paper and wrap that book with the back side of the paper. Even though the girls are getting older, they love this and can not wait to pull out the book and wrap them. Here is a list of (not all) but some our favorites. One of our favorites and not well known book is The Christmas Carp by Rita Torqvist

"The days before Christmas, Grandpa buys a Christmas tree, and Thomas buys a carp (a traditional Czechoslovakian Christmas dinner main course) which he name Peppo. Peppo swims in the bathtub while Thomas feeds him cookies and pretends he is a whale. But as Christmas dinner draws near, Thomas grows very sad. He wants to Keep Peppo for a pet. "

0849958830 A Child’s Christmas At Saint Nicolas Circle by Thomas Kinkade

074121623x_1 The Secret Santa Of Old Stanington by Mark Kimball Moulton

0741208660_1 The Visit by Mark Kimball Moulton

Polarjkt_1 The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg


Hw799_1 The Year Of The Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston

0863153720_2 Peter and Lottas Christmas by Elsa Beskow

Hw766 Alabaster Song by Max Lucado

Hw74 The Christmas Cat

Beckys1 Becky’s Christmas

Cover_corgivilleb Corgiville Christmas

Hw75 Dolls Christmas all by Tasha Tudor

111_1The Last Straw by Fredrick H Thury

Hw72_2 The Christmas Carp by Rita Torqvist

Hw79 Santa Comes To The Little House

Snow Angel by Debbie Boone

Christmas On An Island by Gale Gibson

Hw7Lucy’s Christmas by Donald Hall

Babar Babar Fathers Christmas by Jean De Brunhoff

Cnd The Candy Makers Gift by David & Helen Haidle

Gifchristorywildsmith A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith

A Christmas Card For Mr. McFizz by Obren Bakich

Hw77 The Sugar Child by Monique De Varennes

Kit The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot

Appl_1 Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble

Boy The Boy Of The Bells by Carly Simon

Chocolate Cherry Fruitcake

   Choccherry cake

    Well it is fruitcake season! There is only a few things I make year after year and my cherry chocolate fruitcake is one on them. It is a favorite and if you do not like fruitcake you will love this. This fruitcake has both sour and sweet cherries, dried figs (thye have a bit of a cherry flavor themselves), a hint of orange to perk things up and hunks of bittersweet chocolate to gild the lily. The reason most people do not like fruitcake is because of the candied citron. This recipe does not have citron but does have candied orange peel, you can leave that out and use the zest of two oranges instead. Feel free to play with the combo of fruits, just end up with the same total amount, 2 cups. The same goes with the nuts.

Chocolate fruitcake

    This year I am leaving out the orange and using dried raspberries. We will see what I think (a note, did not like it). I like to use bittersweet chocolate and sour cherries to make up for all those sweet candied cherries. Even though they are so sweet, I love them. Of course the better chocolate you use, the better your fruitcake will be. I use port wine for this because it mirrors the taste of dried cherries, figs, raisins, etc. and helps add a depth of flavor. You can use good old rum or brandy too xox

Chocolate fruitcake 2


Chocolate Cherry Fruitcake

makes 2 loaves or 6 mini


1/4 cup golden raisin

1/2 cup sour dried cherries, cut in half

1/2 cup candied cherries, cut in half

1/4 cup dried figs, cut in small cubes

1/2 cup candied orange peel

a generous cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips

1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, skinned and chopped

1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

1/2 cup softened butter

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 TBL. vanilla extract

1/4 cup port (or milk)

3/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cups cake flour

1/4 cup coco powder

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

bottle of port



Pre-heat oven 350˚F

In a large bowl mix all fruit, nuts and chopped chocolate. In a mixer bowl cream butter and sugar together. Then mix in eggs and vanilla. Remember to scrap the sides! Sift in separate bowl flour, coco, baking powder, and salt. And in a fourth bowl mix milk and port together. Add half the flour mixture in the creamed butter. Then add milk/port, then the rest of four. Now mix batter into the fruit and nut mixture. Spoon into greased 2 -8 inch round pans or 2 loaf pans or 6 mini loaf pans (that is what I use). Bake till center when poked comes clean, 60 minutes or so. Let cool 10 minutes then un mold. When cool wrap each fruitcake in piece of cheese cloth and set in container to keep. Sprinkle top with port. Next day turn over and sprinkle bottom with port. Next day turn over and keep repeating for a week. Then once a week sprinkle with port. Unless you feel the cake it feeling too wet then stop. Keep cover till Christmas.