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In the best-of-the-season spirit and perhaps with Fantine within the shadows, we present a few ways to be dazzled by the simplest things this Christmas season. Article headings include: The Glowing, The Growing, The Fresh, The Refreshed, The Keepsakes, and The Permanent.
This Christmas, inspired by Cosette's Christmas Eve baby stockings, knitted under the kitchen table at the Thenadiers, I decided to make myself a Christmas present straight from my grandmother, whose knitted booties were a unique and irreplaceable way in which she welcomed little ones into the world. I wanted to ensure that the way she had learned to knit as a young girl in Switzerland and then the unique way she had knitted hundreds of such gifts for more than eighty years also remained a family keepsake.
For any who may find unexpected guests around their table during the holidays—sometimes with equally unexpected dietary dialects all their own—we've included ideas for ways to provide something soul-warming for the souls who are meatless, wheat-less or sweet-less; as well as treats for polar-opposite appetites. There are recipes for rustic Proven&ccdeil;al soups with the bishop's garden at their heart and there are only-for-Christmas delicacies from Provence and beyond. Recipes include: Daube de Beouf, Madame Magloires' Everyday Winter Soup, Christmastide Brioche, New Years' Kugelhopf, Provençal galette de Rois, Paris Brioche, Alsatian Winachtsbredele.
As the weeks of advent are not only supposed to light the way for the birth of the Christ, but signify the preparation of the heart for His eventual return, we couldn't think of a more appropriate Christmas Advent Reading then being shown the way to Heaven by a story that begins with the ideal saintly shepherd; then proceeds to the transformation of a hard, embittered convict into a long-suffering, heroic Samaritan; and concludes with the rescue of a child after she breathes her first prayer.
A thoughtful youth, who does not seem to fit in at home or anywhere else, learns the silent language of the giants. In time, he leaves his home in the city and lives for many years in the mountains. And when a famine threatens the land with starvation, the people who cannot even remember his name call on him for aid.
By Al R. Young The Les Misérables issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Dazzled by the Simplest Things (4 pages)Hearth - Stockings if You Please (4 pages)Kitchen - Speaking All Dialects (6 pages)Music - Her Piano-Organ (2 pages)Garden - The Spirit Is a Garden (2 pages)Workshops - Les Bâtons (1 page)Garret - The Song of Khamja (3 pages)Les Misérables is the 115th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »