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Cue Announcer: (The following has been written by our ancient traditions team.) I know I know I know...The "12 Days of Christmas" is traditionally after Christmas, but by then you will all be on diets and ready for a New Year's Resolution so these recipes are my gift to you and I am posting them as a countdown to Christmas. Stop reading if you are adamant about the 12 days being after Christmas and come back in 13 days. **See below.
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Recipe Criteria: They have to be easy, they have to be good, and they have to have ingredients that you have....no trips to a strange land to buy something expensive you will only use once.
The first recipe is tried and true and will kill you with its' few ingredients to awesomeness ratio. I just cannot understand how these few ingredients can make something this good.
CUE ANNOUNCER!!! This recipe will NOT kill you. Just start singing, will ya???
On the 1st Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Pecan Pie Muffins.
1 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c flour
1 c chopped pecans
1/2 c softened-not melted butter
Mix. Bake in a muffin pan at 350 for 20-25 minutes until centers are firm. This recipe only makes 6, so if you need more ... double it.
Let them cool or you will risk a tongue burn.... you won't be able to wait...the aroma, oh the aroma. These keep and are actually even better the second day if that is possible. (highly doubtful that there is a second day)
If you don't have pecans or don't like pecans, use walnuts; if you don't have walnuts or don't like walnuts, leave 'em out.
...and a partridge in a pear tree.
Some background history for you.
**The twelve days of Christmas begins on December 25 and ends just before Epiphany, that falls on January 6. Epiphany is a Christian feast intended to celebrate the 'shining forth' or revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus Christ. The observance originally included the birth of Jesus Christ; the visit of the three Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) who arrived in Bethlehem; and all of Jesus' childhood events, up to his baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist.
The feast was initially based on, and viewed as a fulfillment of the Jewish Feast of Lights known as Chanukah. This was fixed on January 6 , but over time the western churches decided to celebrate Christmas on December 25. The eastern churches continued to treat January 6 as the day marking Jesus's birth. This has given rise in the west to the notion of a twelve day festival, starting on December 25 and ending on January 6, called the twelve days of Christmas.
Feasting And Merrymaking
In the Middle Ages, this period was one of continuous feasting and merrymaking, which climaxed on Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the Christmas season. During the twelve days of Christmas, traditional roles were often relaxed, masters waited on their servants, men were allowed to dress as women, and women as men. Often a Lord of misrule was chosen to lead the Christmas revels. Some of these traditions have an echo in modern day pantomime where traditionally authority is mocked and the principal male lead is played by a woman, while the leading older female character, or 'Dame' is played by a man.
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