Happy Christmas, everyone!
Here is the link to the December VSM letter. We’re sending the link instead of the text because there are some photos in there we thought you might want to see.
Also, we’re sending you 3 other links and a recipe Denny came up with last night for an “innocent” version of Christmas Wassail. These additional links are:
* Patrick Osborne’s new music website.
The multi-faceted Patrick Osborne (family man, artist, musician, pro-life activist, etc), has finished the first stage of his music website where — believe it or not — one can download all the songs from Pat’s “Winter Night” CD plus “The Lion of Judah” for free! This is a fantastic Christmas present he’s giving us. And, in turn, you can pass along the gift simply by sending the link to friends, family, fellow church members, and so on. You’ll be thrilled by the quality and the content of this unusual Christian music. Get over there soon and enhance your Christmas spirit.
* Denny’s recent article “Living in the Big Tech World.” https://vitalsignsblog.blogspot.com/2020/11/living-in-big-tech-world.html
* A short pro-life story (“A Christmas Reflection”) Denny wrote and posted 3 years ago. https://vitalsignsblog.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-christmas-reflection.html
* Denny’s Christmas Wassail recipe: I looked at several recipes and used them as models for my own. 9 cups of apple juice, 2 1/2 cups of orange juice, 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1/2 cup of lemon juice (helpful to cut through the sweetness a bit); 10 or 12 whole cloves, 4 or 5 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 teaspoon ginger; 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Bring to a boil and then turn it down to a low simmer for a half hour or so. After trying it tonight, I’ll try increasing the spices a little and maybe letting it simmer even more. Now here’s the deal, it makes for a very nice wintertime drink but the aroma alone also makes it a very Christmassy atmosphere. And when we serve it to company, we will use the crockpot and let orange slices float on top. One other item…After serving it tonight to Claire and a friend who dropped by unexpectedly, I simply poured the remainder into the empty apple juice bottle. We will thus be able to heat it up a cup or two at a time for several servings.