Christmas Eve, we made it!

So here it is, my final post of my self-imposed challenge to blog daily from 1st December to 24 December 2008! I don’t know about you, but I did not think I would make it.

On this special day, I first want to share my list of what I love about Christmas

  • Singing carols

  • Christmas films on TV

  • Wrapping presents
  • Getting cards from distant friends and family

  • Lighting our candles for Advent and singing carols.

  • Photos of my kids in Santa hats

  • Hot Chocolate with Bailies
  • Twinkly white lights

  • Reading the Christmas Story with the kids on Christmas Eve
  • My collections of Santas
  • Brussell sprouts (honestly I love them)

  • Spending time with the family
  • Going out for a walk on Christmas Eve after dark to see the christmas lights of our neighbours

  • Cranberry sauce with my turkey and ham
  • Carols on my ipod

Another no-bake recipe for you today, a hugely popular tray-bake recipe which I really should make more often. I did my best to let the kids do this themselves today, while I just took the photos.

Malteser Crunch

4 oz margarine
2 dessertspoon golden syrup
8 oz milk chocolate
1 large family-size bag Maltesers
8 oz digestive biscuits crushed
8 oz white chocolate/dark chocolate to decorate

Melt margarine, syrup and milk chocolate in a saucepan

Add maltesers and crushed digestive biscuits

Spread mixture onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper

Allow to cool.
Cover with melted white chocolate and or dark chocolate
Cut into squares when set.


Again we made double the quantities, as they never last long.

Later today I will be preparing the sprouts, carrots and potatoes for tomorrows Christmas Dinner, and setting the table for tomorrow too. When it gets dark we will take the kids out for a walk to see the Christmas lights and decor of our neighbours. We come back home for hot chocolate, watch a Christmas movie by the fire, and read the Christmas Story and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Finally we need to remember to leave out some food for Santa and the reindeer, and also sprinkle reindeer food (oats and glitter) on the hearth and doorstep.

I am very aware that Christmas can be a sad and lonely time, especially for those who no longer have loved ones with them. My prayer is that everyone will know the love and comfort of Jesus, who came as a baby to be the Saviour of the world.

Christmas Blessings to you and yours.

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  1. Your 25 day journey has been wonderful! So much fun! I have really enjoyed all the photos and the recipes. Personal stories always touch my heart :). Thanks for spending so much time to make our holidays better! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. I loved seeing all your ornaments and what you have been doing this holiday season. I love any recipe that has dark chocolate in it for sure!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  3. I think it is awesome that you managed to post everyday as you set for your goal. Congratulations! Super terrific blog! Merry Christmas!

  4. Thanks JanMary! How wonderful it has been to peek into your world this blessed time of year. I love your faith and how you express it on your blog and to your family. Precious. Enjoy the Saviour’s birthday and his blessings to you throughout this new year. XOXO
    Tiffany in Washington…for now

  5. Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks for blogging a bout your kids Christmas program, because you inspired me to write about mine also! You must come see it sometime.
    Hope you have a wonderful hiliday with all your loved ones!

  6. I’ve just read everything that I’ve missed! I love it all! I love all the decorations, the recipes, the ideas, and the love that you put into your family. You are one amazing mom and one talented lady!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us what it’s like in Ireland at Christmas time.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. ♥

  7. Merry Christmas! I have not had a chance to try your recipes, but I am going to! Hope your family will be blessed during this wonderful season of Christ!

  8. loved reading your blog hun and always do…christmas is and will always be a special time and I love it! Love that recipe and have to try that one day, looks yummy! Thanks for sharing and wish you and your family a merry Christmas, enjoy! Hugs!

  9. Hi there and congrats on completing your blog challenge!! Hmm..I like the sound of hot chocolate with Bailies, never tried that one before. Your photos are great as always. And yes, I agree with you…Jesus is the reason for the season! May you have a truly blessed 2009.

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