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'Twas the Night Before Christmas -
Mom Version

Twas the night before Christmas and upstairs in the house
Mom was up wrapping Grandma's white blouse
The toddler had pulled down the stockings with care
and rubbed Christmas cookie dough all through his hair.

Now the children were bathed and were off to their bed
After Mom finally got the stickiness off of his head
With an exhausted sigh mama tied the last bow
And set the down the gift where it needed to go

When out in the garage there arose such a sound
Mom rushed to the door to take a quick look around
And there sat her husband making all sorts of noise
assembling bicycles, doll houses, and all sorts of toys

Away from the garage mama flew like a flash
(first stopping to grab from her chocolate stash)
After doing what she could to muffle dad's noise
Mom quickly peeked in on the three sleeping boys

With a sigh of relief that all were still down
Mom then gave her home a good look around
There were toys out all over and laundry to fold
There were papers, crayons, and toy cars new and old

There were still the food she had yet to prepare
There still were the stockings to fill with great care
It was about at that moment when mama thought quick
"I sure wish that there really was a St. Nick." 

A few hours later while dad lay asleep in their bed
Mom finished the last "To Do" from the list in her head
And as she sighed deeply and prepared to turn out the light 
A picture frame landed directly in sight

From the frame shone the faces of her three precious boys
(The only thing missing was the action and noise!)
Their eyes, how they twinkled!  Their dimples, how sweet! 
There was curly brown hair, chubby hands and small feet

And in that moment mama knew in her heart
That it was all worth it right from the start
And that Christmas next year she would do just the same
Because of the love that she had for those in that frame

And as she turned to go she kissed that picture so light
and whispered "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!"

From One Intentional Mom to Another...Merry Christmas!

Holly Cookies

My mom always made these growing up, and I loved watching the marshmallows melt and putting on the "berries."  Such an easy and festive holiday treat.  


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
  • 3 1/2 cups corn flakes
  • red cinnamon candies


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter and marshmallows over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the vanilla and food coloring and stir in the corn flakes.
  3. Grease a spoon and drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet, or vegetable oil sprayed wax paper. Place 3 red cinnamon candies on each bunch of "holly," pressing slightly so they stick.
  4. Let sit until they have cooled and set.

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