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December 1998 Issue
Happy Holidays, everyone!
by Victoria Smith
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In this season of loving and giving, I want to remind all of my readers of the needs of animals, who are too often forgotten and excluded when humans celebrate.  This year, please remember them and extend love and compassion to all the creatures that you can reach.  Goodness knows, they are in need around the earth.

I hope that all people and animals around the world have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season, with food, shelter, and comfort.

As we are all aware, The holiday season has, over the years come to include a variety of traditions from many cultures and many periods in history.

For example, the Christmas Tree was introduced in England in the 1840s by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.  It had long been a tradition in his native Germany.

Medieval days send us the tradition of the Yule Log, which is burned each year for health and prosperity, ignited from a sliver of log saved from the previous year, for continuity.

Traditions differ from house to house, most of them special and specific to the family that treasures them, and this includes the holiday foods that are eaten.

There are countless vegetarian dishes that we can enjoy, and no animal need lose its life to satisfy our appetites.

Here are a few of my favorites for the holidays.


Non-Booze Party Punch

This is a drink that you don't have to keep from the kids.
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 12 inches of stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 3 cups chilled apple juice
  • 1 twelve-ounce can of chilled apricot nectar (or pear nectar, if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • two 28-oz bottles of lemon soda
Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for tem minutes.  Strain out the spices and discard them.  Chill the remaining mixture.  Add apple juice, apricot (or pear) nectar, lemon juice and lemon soda.  Serve in a punch bowl.

  • Yields: 22 servings
  • Preparation Time: Under half an hour, excluding chilling time.

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