A week ago Sunday, we embarked on our annual caroling event.
Mom was a whirlwind machine the day before making 48 loaves of Poppy Seed Bread (see recipe at end of the post). Mary and Anna created beautiful cards to go along with that.
So, everything was set, and the crowning touch came twirling in – snow. All day the beautiful white stuff came down, and it continued as we caroled.
What joy to sing the good news of Christmas and Christ’s amazing love for us. The little kids often stood in a cluster near the front, smiling. Since we come on a consistent schedule each year (2 Sundays before Christmas), people know to expect us and tell us that they look forward to it.
But yet, in the midst of this beautiful season, we were reminded again of painful loss. At two homes, our listeners had a huge gap in their hearts over the loss of a loved one this past year. For one it was his wife of many years and the other a son who tragically died in his 30s. Our days are fleeting, and may we make each moment count for Eternity. We’re not guaranteed another day.
Because of the inclement weather, most everyone could be found at home. After we caroled in our area, we split into a smaller group (some wanted to put kiddos to bed), and piled into John’s truck (yay for 4-wheel drive: roads were very slick) and went to some friends across town. Then, we came back, and our small group grew by three as we caroled to homes in another neighborhood. We wrapped up the evening with a delicious, hot, soup dinner at John and Chelsy’s.
This yearly tradition has become very special to us.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto
you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
Poppy Seed Loaves
3 cups flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/8 cups oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons almond flavoring
1 1/2 teaspoons butter flavoring
Mix all ingredients for 1-2 minutes. Pour into 2 large lightly greased loaf pans (in our case, we bought foil pans from the store and divided each batch into three loaves). Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean.
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
Cool cake 5 minutes. Then, pour glaze over cake. After they’ve cooled, we cover in plastic wrap.