While today we don hats and mittens and travel door to door wishing our neighbors good cheer in song, caroling originally had little to do with Christmas. The carols of the 12th and 13th centuries were liturgical songs reserved for church processionals. The type of caroling we’re more familiar with didn’t arrive until England’s Victorian era. Many popular seasonal songs — “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing!,” “The First Noel,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” — were written around that period. – A Brief History of Christmas Traditions, Time.Com
Christmas caroling door to door was a wonderful tradition I for one, wish would be revived again. A whole generation has missed out on a tradition that used to be very special. I have fond memories of bundling up in heavy coat, scarf and mittens, climbing onto a flatbed truck with other kids from my church youth group and caroling all through our neighborhoods. It was a magical time and helped to bring the reason for the season home to me more than any other activity I participated in. After caroling, we all came back to our house to stand by the fire to warm up and drink hot chocolate and eat freshly baked cookies. Spread the word, bundle up your kids and head to your neighbors and sing a song or two. Maybe we might be able to bring this tradition back.
Macadamia Nut Dream bars are a new twist on an old favorite, the seven layer bar. I chose to switch things up a bit with vanilla wafers as the cookie crust base and top it off with macadamia nuts. Beware, these bars are addictive. I bet you can’t eat just one.
25 Days of Christmas Cookies
Day 11 – Macadamia Nut Dream Bars
Day 9 – Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps
Day 8 – Florentines
Day 7 – Chai Gingerbread Men
Day 6 – Peppermint Stick Cookies
Day 4 – Lemon Cardamom Wreaths
Day 3 – Black and White Peppermint Bars
Day 2 –Iced Ginger Stars
Day 1 –Russian Rocks
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