After reading yesterday’s post, Suzy said like Paul Harvey you have to tell them the rest of the story:
This year I decided to do something different. The grandkids aren’t big fans of my fruit cookies, for them they don’t hold the same magic or believe they give you super powers. I decided to try something different. I would make the cookies without the fruit. I thought the batter would still have a wonderful cinnamon flavor, and I would grind the pecans a little finer to give them substance. At least that was the reason I told myself, maybe I didn’t want to go searching for candied fruit which they don’t carry at our local Harris–Teeter. It was one of those rationalizations I make way too often.
Anyway, the cookies were a total flop. Even adding applesauce to the batter after the first batch didn’t help. My cookies were lifeless and flat, they held no magic at all.
Fruit cookies without fruit is like Christmas without Christ, Hanukkah without God, or Ramadan without Muhammad. At the core of this Holiday season is God, and when we remove God from the seasonal equation the math is all wrong. This year it would be easy to forget to include God in our holiday festivities. Churches are closed, families are separated, friends and families are sick, and we are not even supposed to invite people into our homes. Yet, that’s even the more reason to find a way to bring God back into our lives and our homes.
This Advent open your life and home to God. No telling what gifts and magic he will bring. He might even bring a magical cookie!