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SANTA’S COMING TO TOWN: Cheyenne Herring tells Santa Claus (Tommy Alligood) what she desires for Christmas this year in the time of the Alligoods’ Santa on the Porch event last Saturday. (Vail Stewart Rumley/Daily News)

By Vail Stewart Rumley

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Published 8:01 pm Thursday, December 21, 2017

‘Tis 2 nights prior to Christmas, and all through the house…

Across Beaufort County, family members are preparing for that unique visitor, the good arbiter of naughty or nice, the bringer of presents, or the gift of stocking complete of coal, as the instance may be.

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Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus is prepping reindeer and also sleigh for a worldwide visit to kids almost everywhere.

He’s been a lengthy time coming. His legfinish goes much ago in time to the fourth century and also Saint Nicholas, a Greek bishop in the town of Myra. Alengthy with being the patron saint of seafarers, vendors, students, repentant thieves, kids, brewers, archers, pawnbrokers and also performing miracles, Saint Nicholas was likewise known for his secret gift-giving.

Rapid forward a few centuries and Father Christmas is introduced in the mid-17th century, however till the 1850s, Father Christmas was all about adult feasting and also merry-making — he wasn’t too concerned via kids being naughty or nice, at all. When the Victorian duration arrived, so did the modern-day version of Father Christmas: he came to be a bringer of gifts. And he started getting here through chimney, courtesy of Washington Irving, that contained his summary of Saint Nicholas’ visit in the book “A History of New York.”

In the moment because, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus became associated.

And it wasn’t till the 1930s in America, that Santa was given his due in Christmas Eve cookies. While leaving cookies for Santa might seem like an odd legacy, it’s actually one born of gratitude. The Great Depression carried great financial hardship to many kind of families; parents’ attempts to teach gratitude for the few Christmas presents kids did receive led to the exreadjust. Nearly on 90 years later on, this expression of gratitude is still practiced. Below are a couple of recipes to acquire one began on this Christmas’ lesboy in gratitude.


Suzanne Heath

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Washington

4 cups all-objective flour; 1 teaspoon baking powder; 1/2 teaspoon baking soda; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg; 1 cup butter, softened; 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar; 1 egg; 1/2 cup sour cream; 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Sift flour and various other dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a sepaprice bowl, cream together butter, sugar and egg until light and fluffy. Beat in sour cream and also vanilla. With time add the flour mixture. Form dough into a large round. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight. Divide dough right into 4 components. Roll and cut dough right into shapes, one portion at a time. Bake in a preheated 375 degree range on greased cookie sheets for 10 to 12 minutes. Frost and also decoprice as preferred. Yield: four dozen.


Phyllis Godley & Kathleen Willis

Smyrna Original Free Will Baptist Church, Blounts Creek

1/2 cup milk; dash salt; 1 teaspoon vanilla; 1 stick margarine; 2 cups sugar; 2 tablespoons cocoa; 1/2 cup peanut butter; 2 cups oatmeal.

Mix milk, salt, vanilla, margarine, sugar and chocolate together and also boil for 3 minutes; remove from warmth and also add 1/2 cup peanut butter and also oatmeal. Use a big spoon and area on wax paper and also let cool.


Lola White

Smyrna Initial Free Will Baptist Church, Blounts Creek

5 cups flour; 2 cups sugar; 4 tablespoons warm margarine; 4 tablespoons warmth honey; 5 eggs; 1 teaspoon baking soda; 2 tablespoons milk; 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves; 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel; 1/2 teaspoon ground aniseed; 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/4 teaspoon anise.

Combine dry ingredients, then include unified liquids. Knead well, then cover and also place in refrigerator overnight. Roll our dough thinly (1/8 inch or slightly less). Cut out forms. Place on flour sprinkled cookie sheet. Spcheck out each through egg yolk. Bake in middle heated 350 degree range. Bake until gold. Cool and also decorate.


Mary Whitley

First Free Will Baptist Church, Washington

2 cups all-objective flour; 3/4 cup sugar; 1 teaspoon baking soda; 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon ginger; 3/4 cup shortening; 1/4 cup molasses; 1 egg slightly bconsumed.

Combine initially six ingredients. Stir. Cut in the shortening until mixture forms crumbs. Stir in molasses and also egg. Shape right into one-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.


Shannon Waters

Bath Christian Church

1 box devil’s food cake mix; 1/2 cup food preparation oil; 2 eggs; 1 (6 ounce) package semi sweet cocoa pieces.

Prewarm range to 350 levels. Blend cake mix, oil and eggs. Stir in cocoa pieces. Drop from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Be sure to usage timer. Cool on cookie sheet about one minute then remove to rack to finish cooling.


Sallie Scales

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Washington

4 (one-ounce) squares unsweetened cocoa, melted; 1/2 cup salad oil; 2 cups granulated sugar; 4 eggs; 2 cups all-purpose flour; 2 teaspoons baking powder; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, roughly.

Combine melted cacao, oil and also sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each enhancement. Combine flour, baking powder and also salt. Add to the chocolate mixture, mixing well. Chill several hrs or overnight. Roll dough right into one-inch balls, then roll each in powdered sugar and also roll aobtain in between the palms of your hands. Place 2 inches acomponent on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree range for 10 to 12 minutes. Leave on the pan for a minute or two, then cool on a rack. Yield: about four dozen cookies.


Angel McSweeney

Washington Pediatrics

1 cup soy margarine; 3/4 cup confectioners sugar; 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; 2 cups flour; 1 tablespoon cinnamon; 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar.

Prewarm cooktop to 325 degrees. In tool bowl, beat margarine with electrical mixer until creamy. Add confectioners sugar; beat until smooth. Add vanilla, mix and also set aside. In large bowl, stir together flour and cinnamon. In time add margarine mixture; beat till well blfinished. Divide dough in half. Roll each 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick. Cut dough with reindeer shaped cookie cutter. Place one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 18 minutes.

These cookies are milk, nut and also egg totally free.


Anne Higgins

First Presbyterian Church, Washington

1/2 cup butter; 1/2 cup brvery own sugar; 1/4 cup currant jelly (red); 2 teaspoons baking soda; 1 1/2 tablespoons milk; 2 eggs; 1 1/2 cups all-objective flour; 1/2 teaspoon allspice; 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves; 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg; 1/2 pound chopped candied cherries; 1/2 pound chopped citron; 1 pound chopped pecans; 1 pound seedmuch less raisins.

Cream together butter, brvery own sugar, currant jelly and also eggs. Disresolve baking soda in milk. Mix together flour and flavors. Add milk and baking soda to batter. Add 1/2 flour mixture to batter. Dust fruit via remaining 1/2 flour mixture. Add batter with fruit. Use large vessel to mix together; this will be thick. Flour and also grease cookie sheets. Drop by spoonful. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.


Dorothy Smith

Tri-Community Ruritan Club

1 1/4 cups sifted flour; 1/2 teaspoon baking soda; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1 stick margarine; 3/4 cup sugar; 1 egg; 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; 1 cup chopped Baby Ruth bars.

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Sift together flour, baking soda and also salt; collection aside. Cream together margarine and sugar until light and also fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in Baby Ruth pieces via the dry ingredients till well blended. Chill for 30 minutes. Drop dough by 1/2 teaspoons onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 levels for 10 to 12 minutes or till done. Rerelocate from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks.