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Midi file playing is "Joy To The World"
 
 

A candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane.  He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy.  White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and "hard" to symbolize the Solid Rock ~ the foundation of the Church and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior.  It could also represent the staff of the "Good Shepherd" with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs, who like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes.  He used three small stripes to show the strips of the scourging Jesus received, by which we are healed.  The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross, so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy has become known as the Candy Cane ~ a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time.  But ... the meaning is still there for those who have "eyes to see and ears to hear."

I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness TO THE WONDER OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS GREAT LOVE that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominate force in the universe today!

~ author unknown ~
 
 

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10. Use slices to balance that wobbly kitchen table. 
  
  9. Use instead of sand bags during El Nino. 
  
  8. Send to U.S. Air Force, let troops drop them. 
  
  7. Use as railroad ties. 
  
  6. Use as speed bumps to foil the neighborhood drag racers. 
  
  5. Collect ten and use them as bowling pins. 
  
  4. Use instead of cement shoes. 
  
  3. Save for next summer's garage sale. 
  
  2. Use slices in next skeet-shooting competition. 
  
  1. Two words: pin cushion.
 

Gingerbread People

For a whimsical presentation, arrange these cookies in a lunch box lined with colorful packing paper. Use a variety of cookie cutter sizes to create "families." If you don't want to cut the dough into shapes, roll it into two logs, cover, chill, and slice into 1/8-inch rounds. Refrigerate the dough up to three days, or freeze up to one month.

 Cookies:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
large egg
 
Decorations:
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
tablespoons 2% milk
1/4 cup colored sugar sprinkles

To prepare cookies, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through cloves) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth and well blended. Add molasses and egg; beat until well blended. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until well blended. Divide dough in half; shape each dough portion into a flat disk. Wrap dough portions separately in plastic wrap; chill 1 hour or until firm.

Preheat oven to 350.

Remove 1 dough portion from refrigerator; remove plastic wrap. Roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut with a 3-inch boy or girl cookie cutter. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portion. Bake at 350 for 11 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

To prepare decorations, combine powdered sugar and milk, stirring until smooth. Spoon mixture into a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Pipe onto cookies. Decorate as desired with sugar sprinkles.

Yield: About 5 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

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