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I've been blogging over at Our Sleeping Flowers these days. Still me, and still delicious, come join me!

Things have been quiet over here. Lack of a working computer made it impossible for me to update much of anything these last few weeks. But it came at the best time, we have been celebrating every day, making the moments merry and bright. I will be back, posting recipes and whatnot in the new year, but I wanted to share one of my favorite messages for the most magical of holidays.

"This Christmas, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and then speak it again.

Christmas is a celebration, and there is no celebration that compares with the realization of its true meaning—with the sudden stirring of the heart that has extended itself unselfishly in the things that matter most."

From McCall's Magazine, Dec. 1959, quoted by President Howard W. Hunter here.

Merry Christmas friends, see you in the new year.