I have been singing, “Silent Night” and “Were You There,” because Christmas is the Promise and Easter is the Proof.

I want to share this story from Facebook. I don’t know who wrote it, but it is what I believe should be our version of it.

T’was the night Jesus came and all through the house.

Not a person was praying, not one in the house.

The Bible was left on the shelf without care, for no one thought Jesus would surely come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed, not once ever kneeling or bowing their head.

And mom in her rocking chair, with babe in her lap, was watching the Late Show, as I took a nap.

When out of the East, there arose such a clatter, I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window, I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and lifted the sash.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear. But Angels proclaiming, that Jesus was here.

The light of His face, made me cover my head, was Jesus returning just like He said?

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth.

I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life, which He held in his hand, was written the name of every Saved man.

He spoke not a word, as He searched for my name,

When He said “it’s not here,” my head hung in shame.

The people, whose names, had been written with love. He gathered to take, to His father above.

With those who were ready, He rose without sound, while all of the others were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late.

I’d waited too long and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight.

Oh, if only I’d known, that this was to be the night.

In the words of this poem, the meaning is clear, the coming of Jesus is so very near.

Only one life here and one day.

He’ll come to call. Then we’ll all find out……….the Bible was true after all!

“And that’s the way I see it.” God bless one and all! You are loved!

Hey, Santa! Did you bring food? Oh, good. Pies! Enjoy!

MINNIE’S CHESS PIE

3 eggs, beaten

½ tsp. vanilla

1 tbsp. corn meal

1 ½ cups sugar

scant tsp. vinegar

½ cup melted butter

Mix and bake in 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.

CRUST FOR CHESS PIE

2 cups White Rose flour

¾ cup shortening

½ tbsp. salt

Combine flour, shortening and salt, sprinkle with water until enough to make dough.

PUMPKIN PIE

2 cups pumpkin

3 eggs

1cup evaporated milk

2 tbsp. cornstarch

1 ½ cups sugar

A dash of spice, any kind you like, according to taste.

Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Pour into 2-9-inch pie shells. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done. Note: I use Eggnog in place of the evaporated milk, to make the pie fuller flavored.

JELL-O PIE

1cup evaporated milk (I use Carnation)

1cup pineapple juice

1 pkg. lime Jell-O

2 graham cracker crust

Chill milk for 30 minutes. Combine Jell-O with pineapple juice and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Whip cream until stiff, stir in Jell-O mixture and pour into crust. Chill until firm.

NOTE: Our family is crazy about this pie and we love the lime flavored!

TIP OF THE WEEK

The Angels sang a Heavenly song!

Glory to God, who sit’s on his throne.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances in the layout process last Thursday, Jan’s Christmas column was inadvertently omitted from The Review’s Christmas Edition. We apologize for the inconvenience, but please enjoy two columns this week. Another will be published on the upcoming Weekend Edition.