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In Belgium there are two main languages, Flemish and Walloon (a version of French) and the two languages are spoken in different regions.
   In Flemish Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Vrolijk Kerstfeest' and in Walloon 'djoyeus Noyé'. 
   On Christmas Eve ('Kerstavond' in Flemish and 'le réveillion de Noël' in Walloon), a special meal is eaten by most families. It starts with a drink (apéritif) and 'nibbles', followed by a 'starter' course such as sea-food, and then stuffed turkey. The dessert is 'Kerststronk' (Flemish) or 'la bûche de Noël' (Walloon) a chocolate Christmas Log made of sponge roll layered with cream. The outside is covered with chocolate butter cream and made to resemble a bark-covered log.

   As in Holland, children in Belgium have two Christmas visitors! On December 6th, St. Nicholas' Day, 'Sinterklaas/St. Niklaas' (Flemish) or 'Saint Nicholas' (Walloon) is believed to bring presents t…


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Hello and welcome to Tool Time Tuesday. For the next few weeks or more, I am going to gear these TTT posts towards Christmas...maybe do some decorating posts or maybe gift giving ideas. I know it may seem early, but we all know those nights of making or decorating at the last minute. So why don't you join me in doing one or two crafts a week, so you can actually enjoy the holidays without all the rushing around.

Here is the first project for the holidays....A Santa Can. Make one this week for yourself and then make another one for gift giving. It's perfect and practically FREE!

Do you remember the postI did showing flower arrangements for a school fundraiser. I went to local restaurants and pizza places and asked them for their large metal cans that tomatoes come in. They were happy to give them to me for free. They are the big ones...7 inches high and 6 inches across at the top.(note: Lowes or Home Depot have unused p…


Christmas is the time of year when families and friends get together to mark a joyous occasion – the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But just as the “first family” was alone in a manger on that first Christmas morn, countless numbers of people across the country will find themselves similarly isolated, by choice or by happenstance.

If you’re fine being alone on Christmas, then you’re all set. But, if you prefer to be with others, then finding things to do on one of the quietest days of the year can be a bit of a challenge. Look around – you may find that things aren’t as still as you thought they were – with opportunities awaiting you on December 25.

1. Candlelight Services – Some churches will be holding services on Christmas Day, with a handful offering candlelight services at the crack of dawn. If you’re an early riser and enjoy Christmas carols, then this can be a great way for you to start your Christmas. If you prefer to sleep in, late morning services will also be held.

2. Sou…


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