To see what treats you can hang in your stockings over the chimney with care this year, check out this slideshow!
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Feast Day and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Homemade Twix Bars
Who can deny this sweet and succulent chocolate goodness? A fun and easy recipe the whole family will love! Go the extra mile and wrap with care in a special box. Wrap and tie with a special red ribbon or bow to complete and show how much you care.
Want the recipe? Click here: Homemade Twix Bars
Homemade Blow Pops Recipe
Try making a classic candy! Load up your stockings with personalized treats that you hand-crafted. Add a touch of cellophane wrap at the top and cinch with a plastic tie or ribbon for an extra-special touch.
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Homemade Pop Rocks Recipe
We dare you to find a child in the world that doesn't LOVE pop rocks. In fact, let's be honest, most adults love pop rocks. Make them in the comfort of your home, wrap in special small boxes or bundled up sachets and drop in your family's stockings!
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Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Seeds
Calling all chocolate lovers! Combine two traditional favorites, chocolate and nuts, in one swoop. Wrap the treat up and take to a party, or place on a platter in your kitchen for passerbys to grab!
Want the recipe? Click here: Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Seeds
Beef and Mushroom Lasagna
Nothing says cozy more than curling up with the family on Christmas Eve to a little homemade lasagna. We love this classic favorite recipe. Plus, if you're lucky, you may have a few slices leftover to freeze or devour on Christmas day.
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Chile-Brined Fresh Ham
Do you celebrate the holidays with a nice baked ham? Try this spin on the classic ham recipe. We think you will love it's zesty flavor, not to mention the delicious sandwiches it can make the next day!
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Slow-Simmered Pot Roast with Garden Vegetables
Make this savory, flavor-packed dish on Christmas Eve. It will spread the delicious aroma around the house, leaving family members anticipating the sensational flavors to come!
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It's no secret that we love Christmas, a cherished holiday celebrated by people all over the world. But, how did this special day and one of its classic traditions, stockings, originate? We wanted the answers, so we started a hunt to track down the original Santa Claus, carefully retracing his steps to better understand the real essence Christmas.
First, let's pay tribute to the original Claus and gentleman who started it all, Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas, a fourth century Bishop, isn't exactly how you might picture him. He's not clothed in luxurious red cloaks with white trim and a fluffy, long white beard. He doesn't shimmy down the chimney pipe, and he doesn't have a magical bag of toys that automatically refills. (We know what you're thinking: bummer.) But, what he did have, similar to that of Santa Claus today, is an untouchable, altruistic spirit wrapped and bound in infinite gratitude. Losing both parents when he was young, he pushed forward, dedicating himself to a lifetime full of service and generosity. And so, as the story goes, he used his inheritance for good, depositing baskets full of food and clothes for the needy on doorsteps. This generous act, in part, is what helped cultivate Feast Day.
December 6 marks Feast Day, a festival dedicated to Saint Nicholas on the day of his passing. European tradition calls for children to leave their shoes outside of their bedroom doors on the eve of the feast, to awake in the morning to shoes filled with goodies, sweets, fruits and nuts. (Today, many of us use stockings instead of shoes.) Or, on the much more unpleasant side, a lump of coal. Have you been naughty or nice?
This got us to thinking about modern day, and what we'd like to find in our stockings. So, we compiled this must-have list of sweet treats. Just bear in mind, if you're hanging your stockings near a lit fire, you may want to leave out the chocolate. No one likes a melty pile of chocolate goo in their socks!
To see what treats you can hang in your stockings over the chimney with care this year, check out our slideshow above!