Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Little Drummer Boy

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum.
Katherine K. Davis

I feel like the little drummer boy.  I have no gifts to bring.  So, I try to find gifts to give that cost little if nothing.  I want to give, but I have nothing.

Then, I remember, Baby Jesus smiled at the little drummer boy when he gave a gift from his heart - his music.  To all my friends and family, I wish I could give you your heart's desires.  As you know, my finances are in shambles, with no sight of it getting better in the near future.  I have nothing material to give you, and I'm worn out from life's strains.  I give to you my love.  Even if I don't reach out, you are in my thoughts and prayers.  It's the only gift I have to give.  I love each and every one of you.

I want the Christmas spirit!  I see those around me with excited children to Santa, gifts to wrap, and places to go.  You are truly blessed - remember that!  There are those without children, with no gifts to wrap, and no where to go.  Use your blessing!  Cherish your blessing!  Thank God for giving you the opportunity to be woke up early in the morning by eager little feet running through the house!  Thank God for your spouse for putting up with your moods during the holidays, for helping to wrap presents, or for simply being present!  Your spouse is your gift from God.  Thank God that you have a family!

There are those who have never had children and long to be jumped on "Mommy!  Daddy!  Santa was here!"  There are those who wish they had gifts to give.  And there are those without family or friends.  Reach out!  Give the most precious gift of all - your love!

As I child, my favorite Christmas carol was "The Little Drummer Boy".  Little did I know that, through this song, God was preparing me for my life's experiences.  I have no gift to bring but myself.  And He smiled - it was a good gift!

Money Savings

Everyone loves a gift of homemade Christmas cookies!  Make a couple of different kind, arrange them on a Christmas plate from the dollar store, and wrap in plastic wrap and top with a bow.  I am sure the recipient will be so grateful!  (Between you and I, my favorite Christmas gift is my sister's chocolate chip cookies.  She makes the best!)


This is a quick and easy "cookie" recipe to make, and you will find many eager helpers to unwrap the peanut butter cups.  Talking from experience, always get double the amount called for in the recipe.

Peanut Butter Bites

1 (15 oz.) pkg. brownie mix
1/3 c. hot water
1 egg
1/4 c. oil
48 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups (so get 96 - hehe)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine brownie mix, water, oil and egg. Beat well with a spoon. Fill paperlined mini muffin cups about 1/2 full. Press one peanut butter cup into batter in each cup. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until brownie is set. Cool completely.  (I've made them without the paper linings, but you need to grease the mini muffin pans.  Oh - I sell them if you are interested.  Email me!)

The Little Drummer Boy in Disguise,
Aunt Janet

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