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Monday, December 7, 2015


Sometimes I wonder if people know the real meaning of Christmas and, if so, why is the government trying to take Christ out of's defined by, "[Kris-muh s] noun

The annual festival of the church 
commemorating the birth of Jesus: 
celebrated on December 25 and now 
generally observed as legal holiday and 
an occasion for exchanging gifts."

By this definition it is a celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and that, for me, is the reason I celebrate this day.  While I understand that the reason for the term "Happy Holidays," is to incorporate all of the holidays celebrated around this time frame, i.e. Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah (and I respect that), I do not understand the reason our government is making it so that our children are not allowed to say Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or Happy Kwanzaa in our schools and have taken them out of the media as well (not to mention eliminating the pledge of allegiance because of the word "God."  

We all have the right to our beliefs and we should respect that choice in one another, but I don't think the government should be able to dictate the phrases we use to greet one another during the holidays and if we want to say Merry Christmas in schools (freedom of speech) or in the media (freedom of the press)...then I think the government should keep their noses out of it.  

Let's leave the "Christ" in Christmas and rejoice in the real celebration of the holiday.  Let's celebrate the birth of Christ and spread love, respect, empathy and human kindness.


One of the best main dishes my mom used to serve for Christmas dinner was a London broil...MmmHmm.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do:


3-1/2 lb - London Broil meat (top round or beef flank steak)
1/2 cup - Sherry
1/2 cup - Soy Sauce
1/4 cup - Salad Oil
1/4 cup - Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp. - Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. - Ginger
1 Clove Garlic
1/8 tsp. - Hot Sauce
4 tsp. - Cornstarch
1/2 lb. Sliced Mushrooms
1/4 cup - Sliced, Green Onions

Marinade:  In a bowl mix together sherry, soy sauce, salad oil, lemon juice, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and hot sauce.  Heat through and cook for 10 minutes, then cool.  

Place steak in a plastic bag; add marinade and tie bag (or use a Ziploc bag). Refrigerate 24 hours.  Remove steak and reserve marinade.  Place meat on broiler pan in cool oven (200 to 250 degrees).  Broil 40 minutes or until done. Carve diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

Sauce:  Stir remaining marinade into cornstarch in saucepan.  Bring to boil; add mushrooms and green onions and cook slowly until thickened.  Serve sauce over steak.

Serves 6 to 8 people


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