On December 23, 2011, American Erin Bouma will speak on Christmas Times Experiences, followed by A CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Please bring something to share. Women might make something tasty: sweet and/or salty things to eat (eg cookies, cheese straws, cakes, etc) or other things you might like (think to make for 7-10 persons), and men might bring wine (no strong spirits please), fruits, and such.
Come to spend time talking, perhaps playing some games, enjoying food and drink, in what will hopefully be a Christmas atmosphere of music, scents, candle lights, good spirits. For ideas on what to make see: COME AND HELP MAKE AND ENJOY A PLEASANT ELE CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!
Try these sites for some Christmas treat ideas - cookies, cakes, etc.: http://www.joyofbaking.com/ChristmasBaking.html http://www.thebakingpan.com/IndexPages/christmasbaking_index.html
For converting measurements, see: http://www.joyofbaking.com/ConversionsEquivalencies.html
For a traditional English Christmas carol (from circa 1760) sung from a recording in the same year as the Russian Revolution, 1917: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_rest_you_merry,_gentlemen
For the most popular American Christmas song (written around 1940 in sunny California by the Russian-born Jew Irving Berlin, whose family was driven to America by the anti-Jewish pogroms in the 1880s, and sung in its most popular and famous version by Bing Crosby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Ozdqzjigg
The Kings College Choir sings in the Chapel: (Watch and listen with full screen!!!) Oh Holy Night... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5n6X9sUznI
and Silent Night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n036kBC1HEw
The world's first commercially produced Christmas card, designed by John Callcott Horsley for Henry Cole
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