Monday

December 31, 1950 - Happy New Years Eve!

Another year has passed and as they do I slip further and further into the past that I unfortunately never had the chance to experience myself.
Yesterday I got a chance to go down to my favorite fabric store and get my hands on some new fabric for my ever growing stash.  Here it is: (By the way it will also be on my two hours a day blog if anyone wants to look at it there too.)

 Who could go wrong with some aqua gingham.  I thought that this might make a nice jumper dress.
 Blue Terry Cloth to be used with Vogart 215.  I was looking over my new Etiquette book and so far as I can tell, the entire time I was engaged.  That was nearly a year and a half I was supposed to be embroidering and sewing a trousseau (basically the newer version of a dowry) of all of the linens that I would need to set up house.  Unfortunately, that is just one more thing that is forgotten and is left up to the couple to deal with when they have all of the other expenses of starting their home together.  I am going to do an entire post on the trousseau and what you are expected to have when starting up your new home next year.

 Brown flannel to make a nice warm skirt, I was thinking of doing some embroidery along the bottom, perhaps some flowers or ivy.  I'm not a wonderful embroider just yet but it is a skill I plan to tackle in the new year.
 This is a very nice cotton that seems to drape like a dream.  I will be making this into a nice dress, perhaps with some black embellishments around the collar or at the sleeves and a black thick belt.
 Like the one above this is a navy blue flannel.  I know how much of my grandmothers wardrobe as far as bottoms are concerned were either navy or brown so I can only assume that these two colors were staples of the ladies winter wardrobe and since I cannot wear warm pants all the time I think a nice warm flannel skirt is a nice addition to the closet.
 I know that I am already in possession of some nice muslin that I am going to make into shirts but I thought, hey a lady can never have too many, especially when they are all made with different patterns so that they all look different.  Even if some of then garner some rick-rack or some lace to set them apart so I acquired 6 yards of ivory broadcloth.
 This is a color that I see over and over again in the catalogs of the early fifties, it is a salmon pink and I thought that it would make a lovely shopping skirt.  Something that I can jaunt around town in, maybe I will make two pencil skirts or one full skirt.  I have yet to decide.
Last but most certainly not least is the material for my first attempt at lingerie.  I have an old pattern for a slip that I need desperately, seeing as so many materials can be seen through and I really don't want to waste the time or the expense of lining nearly everything I make, so here is some warm silky cotton to make a slip out of.  I will probably show the results on two hours a day.


Well that's all for now I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years Eve and a wonderful year to come.

Till Later!
Andrea

Wednesday

December 26, 1950 - Meet My Favorite Boy!

Little Harvey in his Santa Suit
No he was not a Christmas gift, I have had him on my lap for six months now.  He is my 11 month old baby Schnoodle Harvey.  He is honestly the light of my life, he makes me so happy and there are days when I can't wait to get home to him at night.  He's my best friend next to my most amazing husband, whom by the way got me the archive book from better homes and gardens July-December 1959 for Christmas as well as many other things.
Oh by the way I have picked my monthly book club book, it is called the Boy from Maine and was written by Katharine Brush in 1947 and I can't wait to get into the pages.  The book discussion will be on the 23rd of January if anyone has any opinions, please share.

Till Later!
Andrea

Monday

December 17, 1950 - Christmas Dinner Recipes

Here they are, as promised.  Yes, I know a day late, however there were many things to do around the house before the holiday began.  My deepest apologies.

Baked Smoked Ham with Cranberry Glaze
12 to 14 pound smoked ham          2 cups whole cranberries
1/2 cup water          6 thin lemon slices, halves
3/4 cup corn syrup          1/2 cup sugar

Place ham, fat side up, on rack in open roasting pan.  Insert meat thermometer so that bulb touches the middle of the thickest part.  Be careful that the bulb does not sit in the fat or rest on the bone.  Do not cover.  Roast in a slow oven (300F) until meat thermometer reaches 160F.  Allow 18 to 20 minutes per pound for roasting.  While meat is cooking put cranberries, water, lemon slices, corn syrup and sugar in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and berries pop or about 10 minutes.  About 15 minutes before ham is finished cooking, spread with cranberry mixture.


Rose Cranberry Sauce
1 cup cranberries          6 whole cloves
1 tablespoon cornstarch          1 teaspoon grated orange peel
2/3 cup sugar          1/2 cup orange juice
Dash of salt          1/2 cup rose wine

Wash and pick over berries.  Combine cornstarch, sugar and salt together in a saucepan.  Add wine cloves, orange peel and orange juice.  Heat stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Boil 2 to 3 minutes.  Add cranberries and cook until skins have popped.  Serve hot or cold.  Makes 2 cups sauce.


Lemon Balls
2/3 cup shortening          3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten          3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel          2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder         1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar          1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream sugar and shortening together until light and fluffy.  Add egg, lemon juice and peel.  Sift together baking soda, flour and salt.  Gradually stir into creamed mixture.  Chill.  Shape into balls the size of walnuts; combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon and roll balls in this mixture.  Place on oiled baking sheets.  Bake in moderate 350F oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  Makes 4 dozen cookies.

There they are I hope you enjoy them.  I may try the cranberry glazed ham for Easter.  In our family we have a beef roast for Christmas Day so maybe I will share my recipe for that before the month is out.  I hope you all have a wonderful day.  

Till Later!
Andrea


Sunday

December 16, 1950 - Day Off!

I know I promised more recipes today but I need a day off so here are a few cute Christmas cards to get you through.





Merry day of rest to all!

Here's your idea.  Please send out your Christmas cards soon.  Regardless of  how annoying it is to write them all out it is far more disappointing when you don't receive one from someone you care about.

Till Later!
Andrea

Saturday

December 15, 1950 - Christmas Breakfast Recipes

These are the recipes that I promised from yesterday.  First we will do the breakfast ones and then tomorrow the ones for the dinner.

Lemon Broiled Peaches
1 (No. 2 1/2) cling peaches          1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel          3 tablespoons brown sugar

Drain peaches and place cup side up in shallow baking dish.  Combine remaining ingredients and spoon into peachesBroil about 4 inches from heat, until peaches are thoroughly heated and lightly browned.  Serve piping hot.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Christmas Buns
2 medium sized potatoes          1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar          1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter          1/2 cup warm (not hot) water
2 cups active dry yeast          3 eggs
4 1/2 cups sifted flour          Grated peel of 1 lemon
1/2 cup of raisins          1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar

Peel and cook potatoes until tender.  Drain and mash until smooth.  Scald Milk.  Stir in sugar, salt, butter and 3/4 cup mashed potatoes.  Cool to lukewarm.  Put water in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast on water and stir until dissolved.  Add lukewarm potato-milk mixture.  Beat two of the eggs and add to yeast mixture.  Stir in half the flour and lemon peel.  Beat until smooth.  Add remaining flour or enough to make an easily handled dough.  Turn out onto a floured board and kneed quickly and lightly until smooth and elastic - 8 to 10 minutes.  Let rise until doubled in bulk.  Punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured board.  Kneed nuts and raisins into dough.  Divide dough in half.  Shape one half into smooth ropes 1/3 inch thick and about 14 inches long.  On greased baking sheet shape each rope into a Christmas tree.  Roll remaining half of dough into a circle 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into rounds with 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter.  Place on greased baking sheet about 1 inch apart.  Separate remaining egg, beat egg yolk with 2 tablespoons water and brush buns with the mixture.  Cover buns and set in a warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk.  Bake in moderately hot oven (375F) about 25 minutes.  Beat remaining egg white and mix in enough confectioners sugar to make spreading consistency.  Use to frost buns.  Decorate as desired and makes 2 dozen or so Christmas Buns.

The last one seems a little complicated so I don't recommend it for a beginner, but I do think that anyone can make it as long as you follow it step by step.Good luck and Merry Christmas!
Till Later!
Andrea

Friday

December 14, 1950 - Two Holiday Menus

Christmas Morning Breakfast
Frosted Cranberry Juice
Scrambled Eggs & Mushrooms
Crisp Bacon          Baked Sausage Links
Lemon Broiled Peaches*
Christmas Buns*
Hot Coffee
Hot Chocolate with Mini Marshmallows


Festive Ham Dinner
Melon Malderilene
Baked Smoked Ham with Cranberry Glaze*
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts          Rose Cranberry Sauce*
Artichokes Piquant on Romaine
Rose Wine
Hot Rolls          Crisp Relishes
Holiday Flaming Sundae
Lemon Balls*          Assorted Mints
Coffee
Brandy

*Over the next two days I will be giving these recipes right here all from the 1958 Today's Woman Christmas ideas book.

Till Later!
Andrea

Thursday

December 13, 1950 - Start with a Silver Ball

These are three ideas for home made decorations that are started with just a simple silver Christmas ball. From the December 1950 issue of McCalls.

1. For your tree there is a drum major.  Take a silver ball and paint a face on it.  Decorate a dixie cup like a drum majors hat.  Poke a hole in the top.  Take a small bunch of tinsel and double it over using a long-ish piece of string to secure it in the center to make a tassel.  Feed the string through the top of the dixie cup and glue the cup on top of the silver ball.  Simple and so cute, I might do this one myself.

2. For a favor, as an angel.  Cover either a toilet paper tube or half of a paper towel tube with gilt paper or paint it silver. Run a string through the metal loop end of the ball and feed it through the tube and through a cardboard base that is about three inches flat and round with a hole poked in the center.  Now add tinsel hair and garland wings as well as garland around the base, get creative!

3. For a money gift.  Remove the metal cap.  Roll the bills or bills and place them inside and replace the metal cap.  Decorate the top with ribbons tiny balls and bells and paint break me on the ball.  I love this idea.  It just needs to be completed in a very controlled environment so that no one gets hurt.

Hope you liked these ideas.  I think at least one of them is genius and I hope some of you try them out.  There is nothing better than a truly homemade decoration.

Till Later!
Andrea

Wednesday

December 12, 1950 - The Christmas Candle

The Christmas candle is a traditional centerpiece in many homes with more ways to display it then there are days in a year.  Here are a few ideas on how to display yours.

1. On a cake plate -  Surround a fat 5-inch candle with red and silver balls of varying sizes.

2. On a Cloud - place one or several candles on a mirrored plate with small amounts of buffalo snow surrounding them and if desired add a few sparkly or shiny stars in the snow to give it a more cloudish feeling.  Please be careful with this one because if you don't watch it, it can become a fire hazard.

3. Wrapped with jewels - Take a taper candle and wrap it gingerly with Christmas beads going up.  Then make a circle of silver (or whatever matches your color scheme) Christmas balls around the base.

These ideas are from the December 1950 issue of McCalls.

Tuesday

December 11, 1950 - Christmas Tree Salad

Just a simple post today of something I found in the December 5, 1949 issue of Life Magazine released by J-ello.


Monday

December 10, 1950 - Wrapping it Up!

One of the most important parts of Christmas is wrapping up those all important gifts.  I know that it is one thing that many people don't like doing.  However, what a wonderful project that it can be.  What if you made just an ordinary shirt box into a "shirt" box by wrapping it in a plain paper and then affixing a different type of paper cut to the shape of a tie and also a plain colored paper to make a collar.
Or a little box chimney wrapped with brick wrapping paper set atop a larger rectangle wrapped in white or gray with paper dots glued to the top to mimic snow.  There are many articles with all of the details about making all sorts of neat things out of your presents.  What a way to make your tree look beautiful.  Only two more weeks until Christmas!

Till Later!
Andrea

Sunday

December 9, 1950 - More Recipes for Your Vintage Christmas Dinner

Here are a few more recipes to make your christmas day merry and bright.  From the pages of the 1958 Today's Women Magazine Christmas Ideas.

Melon Ball Cup
2 melons          1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup port wine          Confectioners sugar

Cut the melons in half and remove seeds.  Scoop out the flesh of the melon with a small melon baller. Place balls in a deep bowl and cover with wine and orange juice.  Sweeten to taste with confectioners sugar.  Chill in refrigerator for several hours before serving, spooning juice over balls occasionally.  Serve in sherbet glasses, topped with sprigs of mint, if available.  Makes 8 to 10 servings.


Roast Loin of Pork
Crown roast of pork          Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion          1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup drippings          3 cups soft bread crumbs
1 cup finely chopped tart apple          1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon thyme          1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar          1/4 cup water

Have your butcher make a crown of 14 ribs of pork.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place the roast rib ends down, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.  Roast in a moderate oven (350F) about 1 hour.  Cook onion and celery in drippings until tender.  Combine with remaining ingredients.  Remove roast from oven and invert roast in pan so rib ends are up.  Fill center with stuffing.  Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast, being careful that it doesn't rest in fat or on bone.  Continue roasting in moderate oven until the thermometer registers 185F.  Allow about 40 minutes per pound for roasting.


Ginger Glazed Onions
18 medium sized onions peeled          1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter           1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt          1/4 teaspoon ginger

Cook onions in boiling salted water 20 minutes or until just tender, drain and place in a baking dish.  Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan.  Boil 5 minutes.  Pour over onions.  Bake in moderately slow oven 325F for about 10 minutes or until glazed.  Makes 8 servings. 


Yuletide Prune Cake
1/2 cup butter          1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
3 large eggs          2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder          1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt          1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg          1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon vinegar          1 cup milk
1 cup coarsely chopped prunes          1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, singly, beating well after each addition.  Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices.  Add vinegar to milk.  Add Add flour mixture alternately with milk to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.  Add prunes and nuts and blend well.  Pour into a well greased 9-inch tube pan.  Bake in a moderate oven 350F for 1 hour or until done.  Frost with confectioners sugar icing flavored with lemon juice and grated lemon peel.

I hope that these are a few great recipes to try and are delicious.  I am honestly looking forward to trying out the glazed onions.  I have never had just an onion as a side dish before.  Have a merry day!
Till Later!
Andrea

Saturday

December 8, 1950 - Christmas Aprons

Christmas aprons are by far one of the easiest things in the world to make.  Aside from a quick and easy skirt, an apron is the first thing that I ever self drafted.
During the Christmas season you will be doing a lot of messy baking and cooking that may leave you with clothing stains that can be a pain or even impossible to remove.  What is the best idea in the world?  An Apron!  Even better a festive apron.  They are so simple to make and look great while putting you in the Christmas Spirit.  Best of all you can make a really nice one reasonably cheap and in a single afternoon.
There are countless patterns for aprons and any of them can be used to make a Christmas apron.  There are so many pieces of Christmas fabric out there and you only need about half a yard for a very full apron.  Even if you don't want to do that, aprons were so abundant in the fifties that there are a great deal of them still available today.  In fact I recently bought a hand embroidered one from a local antiques mall for a mere $3 and have been using it pretty consistently throughout this week.
I hope you all give it a try and have a wonderful day!

Till Later!
Andrea

Friday

December 7, 1950 - The Christmas Table

A couple more recipes for your Christmas Table

Pecan Yule Log
 1 cup butter          4 tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla          2 cup flour
1 cup pecans, chopped 

Mix ingredients together. Roll into logs.
Bake 350F for 12 minutes. After cooling dust with additional confectioners sugar and design with candied cherries and pecans.



Creamed Broccoli With Bread Crumbs
2 pounds broccoli          2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon flour          1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt          1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon grated onion or onion juice          bread crumbs
grated cheese

 Soak broccoli in cold water for 12 minutes. Drain well. Remove the large leaves and the tough part of the stalks. Cut deep gashes in the bottom of the stalks. Place the broccoli in boiling salted water that nearly covers it. Cook it covered until it is barely tender. Drain it and chop it very fine.
Melt butter and stir in flour. Slowly stir in milk. Season it with salt, paprika and onion. Add broccoli and mix well. Place in a baking dish and sprinkle it with bread crumbs and cheese. Bake at 425 degrees until cheese is melted.  

That's all for today, I hope you all have a jolly day!  

Till Later!
Andrea

Thursday

December 6, 1950 - Popcorn Garland

Who can forget the old fashioned favorite decoration that has been done for more than 100 years that's fun, pretty & yummy to boot.  POPCORN GARLAND!
I'm sure that everyone already knows how to make popcorn garland but I will give you a quick refresher just in case.  What you do is take some strong white string and feed a long piece of thread through the eye of a pretty thin needle (the thinner the better because it is easier to keep the popcorn from breaking apart as you sting it.
Next, you pop a whole lot of popcorn.  I say this because you will undoubtedly eat some in the process.  I suggest that you air pop or use the kind that has no flavoring for two reasons, the first is so that you won't make your tree forever smell like popcorn (if you use an artificial tree) and the second is to keep out unwanted pests that can smell the butter from a mile away.  This is also a preventive for curious pets that may enthusiastically pull down your entire tree.
Some people also add cranberries to their holiday garland.  Although this is very pretty I have never done this.  I think that it makes it a little too expensive.  Besides if I buy cranberries I want to eat them, not throw them away at the end of the season.
You take one piece of popcorn at a time and try to put the needle straight through the center of the kernel, or at least as close as you can and if it breaks just pop the pieces in your mouth and move on.  After not to long you will have a vintage sweet addition to your Christmas tree that may just become a tradition in and of itself.
Have a very happy day!

Till Later!
Andrea

Wednesday

December 5, 1950 - Charm & Color with Paper & Paste

From the pages of December 1953 Women's Day.  The idea that we are going to talk about today is about what is now I believe referred to as decoupage. 
You can take a very simple wooden frame that can cost you no more than a dollar and add some wrapping paper, whether you use the Christmas type or use more of a year round type.  You can then mix up a mixture of water and flour or use a professional shellack to make it all stick. 
A few other ideas are buying a plain composition book and gluing paper over the cover to personalize it or paper over the cover of a photo album that you make for the ones that you love.
A bonus good idea is that when the glue is still wet, run a rolling pin over it and you will get rid of all of those pesky bubbles.
Hope everyone has a festive day and enjoy yourselves!

Till Later!
Andrea

Tuesday

December 4, 1950 - Christmas Cookies Recipes

Today's little share is from the December 1953 issue of Woman's Day magazine and from the article entitled 24 Christmas Cookies to treasure.

Royal Crowns
Makes about 2 dozen
2 hard-cooked egg yolks              1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt                            1 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup butter            red and green candied cherries
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Force egg yolks through a course sieve, add salt.  Cream butter, add sugar and flavoring; beat until light.  Add egg yolks and flour; mix well.  Force dough through a crown design on a cookie press, or drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.  Decorate crowns with "jewels" of candied cherries.  Bake in a moderate oven, 375F for 7 to 10 minutes.


Filled Butter Rings
Makes 2 dozen
1 cup butter          1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar          apricot or other preserves
3 cups sifted flour          confectioners sugar

Cream butter; add sugar; beat until light.  Add flour and salt.  Roll to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut with floured, 3-inch cookie cutterCut out the centers of half of the cookies with 2 inch cutter.  Bake all cookies on cookie sheets in hot oven 400F for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool on wire racks.  Spread whole 3 inch cookie with preserves, piled high at the center.  Top with cookies rings.  Sprinkle confectioners sugar around the edge.

Swiss Cinnamon Stars
Makes 5 dozen
2 cups blanched almonds          confectioners sugar - about 1 1/2 lbs
4 egg whites          2 tablespoons cinnamon
Grated rind and juice of 1/2 a lemon

Grate almonds in rotary graterBeat egg whites until stiff.  Add rind, juice and 2 cups sugar.  Continue beating until very stiff.  Measure 1 cup and reserve. To remaining mixture, add almonds and cinnamon.  Place on board generously sprinkled with confectioners sugar.  Sprinkle top with sugar, roll very thin with sugar dusted rolling pin.  Cut with star shaped cookie cutter, put on brown paper on cookie sheets.  Spread with egg white mixture.  Bake in slow oven 250F for about 30 minutes.  Slip paper onto wet table or board.  Let stand for 1 minute.  Loosen stars and lift to rack.  Store airtight for 1 week before using.

I have dreams of these beautiful cookie spreads that would impress nearly everyone that sees it.  I know that it is a far off dream because time, supplies and the fact that I don't want to eat twenty pounds of cookies.  But I will be trying a few and I plan on sharing those experiences right here with you.  

Till Later!
Andrea

Monday

December 3, 1950 - Gift Ideas

Good morning everyone, it's time for my Christmas idea of the day and I have today for you some practical gifts ideas for under $5 [$35]* for your loved one.  Everything that is on this list is mentioned in the December 1952 issue of Better Living Magazine, however I found the closest equivalent product on the computer for you to purchase for your vintage-y Christmas
Let's start with the kiddies.+
For your little girl you can never go wrong with a simple doll like the You & Me 14 inch Hugs & Holds Doll that retails for $1.50 [$9.99] and you can add the You & Me Doll Accessories Tote Bag for an additional $1.25 [$8.99] and still be way under your $5 budget.
For your little boy try the Real Construction Deluxe Set With Tool  at a cost of $2.60 [$17.98] and with parental supervision this would probably be hours of fun for any little future architect.  Or how about the Melissa & Doug Figure 8 Train Set for $4.25 [$29.99] which is a beautiful wooden set.
A quick list of gifts for her that she will love are:
For the man in your life:
 I hope that this helps everyone in their holiday shopping experience and may you all have a very vintage Christmas.

Till Later!
Andrea


*All prices in the brackets are modern 2012 amounts
+All of these toys and prices are from toysrus.com and are available through their website

Sunday

December 2, 1950 - Christmas Card Party

The idea that I am going to be sharing today is from the December 1952 issue of Woman's Day and it is a fun idea for both adults and children.
What a wonderful idea it is to have a Christmas Card making party.  Gather everyone together with a bunch of arts and crafts supplies, you can even have everyone bring some supplies to share, such as one person brings several different colors of card stock and another brings many different colors of glitter or pom poms or even simple construction paper.  The ideas are endless when a bunch of creative or even semi creative people get together.
Send out these personal handmade cards to those you love and I'm sure they will always have a special place in their heart.
Another idea is along the same premise but very much more for the adults in the family.  While the children are out school why don't all of the mommies get together and have a wrapping party.  Set aside some coffee, cookies and little sandwiches and talk, listen to Christmas music and wrap all of those gifts.  So many people find the task of wrapping daunting and if you are all together and laughing and having fun perhaps it just might make it a little more of an enjoyable experience for all.  Also, just think is everyone brought a few types of wrapping paper to share, you more than likely could make yourself a very colorful Christmas morning with not two gifts wrapped in the same paper at no more added expense then a few large rolls.

Till Later!
Andrea

Saturday

December 1, 1950 - Happy December!

 
I honestly can't believe that it has been nearly another year.  Christmas is by far my favorite time of year.  The decorations, the food, the music,TV specials and movies, even the spirit of the time is the most wonderful thing that the year has to offer.
I am going to try and share as much about my vintage Christmas as I can.  Most of my life I have treasured all of my Christmas with my family.  I spent most of them with my grandparents and quite a few years of my adult life with my husbands grandparents, this is going to be the first year that Christmas (day at least) will be at my house.  We will be having my in-laws in to spend the night and I have a beautiful menu planned and since he decision was made by both my husband and myself that my work hours are to be cut back I will have plenty of time to be the house wife that I have dreamed of being.
As for things to share with you I have been lucky enough that last year the sweet dear hubby gave me as a Christmas gift half a dozen new era magazines including several Woman's Day and a couple Family Circle.  I have also recently acquired the 1958 & 1959 volumes of Today's Woman Christmas Ideas and inside their pages are seemingly endless ideas for crafts, games and food, even some menus.
I also have collected almost two dozen Christmas movies that range from 1935 to 1957 to give me my movies afternoon for the entirety of the Christmas season.
Let's start it out with a recipe from Today's Woman Christmas Ideas:

Champagne Party Punch
1 bottle champagne                1 pint cognac
1 bottle white wine                          1 quart sparkling water
Chill all ingredients.  Place a large cake of ice in the punch bowl.  Pour in ingredients, stir gently.  Garnish with orange and limes slices and strawberries, if desired.  Makes about 35 servings.

I hope that everyone has a beautiful start to the holiday season and please keep in mind it's about the spirit, not about the presents.  Don't get angry about not being able to get everyone the perfect gift and don't be selfish about getting just what your asking for.  Remember your family and your loved ones and just having fun together.  

Till Later!
Andrea