'Tis the week before Christmas, we're all going nuts;
With so much to do, there's no ifs, ands or buts.

Buy presents, hang tree lights, pop cards in the mail,
Send gift packs, thread popcorn, find turkeys on sale.

Decorations need stringing up all through the house.
And you haven't a clue what to buy for your spouse.

School concerts, receptions, open houses with friends,
Long lines, short tempers, tying up the loose ends.

With all our mad dashing, we're reeling from shock;
Let's stop for a minute and really take stock.

It's crassly commercial, the cynical say;
If that's true, that's our fault -- it's us and not they.

Take time for yourself -- though hard as that seems,
Enjoy your kids' laughter, excitement and dreams.

Take a moment out now, don't get overly riled,
Instead make an angel in the snow with your child.

The shortbread can wait, and so can the tree;
What's important to feel is a child's sense of glee.

The holidays aren't about push, rush and shove;
They're for friendship, sharing and family love.

Hear the bells, feel the warmth, light up with the glow
of a message first sent to us so long ago:

Peace, love and goodwill, and hope burning bright.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

-- Author Unknown

Magic Sleep

It's Christmas Eve, time for bed.
But not an eye will close.
Too much excitement in the air,
to let you even doze.

So make a magic potion
to help you fall asleep.
Then Santa and his helpers
can down the chimney creep.

Put some cocoa in a mug,
and with hot water mix.
Then drop in the magic kiss,
and stir with the candy stix!

Add a few marshmallows,
and sip it slowly down.
Crawl into bed and snuggle in--
the 'magic sleep' will come!


Packet of Hot Cocoa
2 Hershey Kisses
6-8 oz Hot Water
Peppermint Stix
Mini Marshmallows

Kiss Cookies


3/4 cup Crisco (butter can be substituted)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tsp. lemon extract (if desired)
1 and 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Hershey's chocolate kisses
(3 and 1/2 to 4 dozen)

Preparation and Baking:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
With mixer, cream crisco (or butter) and sugars 'til fluffy
Add egg, and vanilla (plus lemon, if using), beat well
Add flour, baking powder and salt, mix well until blended
Form dough into 1" ball and press around a kiss 'til enclosed.
Bake 12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet (do not overbake!)
Frost and add sprinkles if desired, keep tightly covered.
Makes 3 and 1/2 to 4 dozen cookies