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Receipts and Other Suggestions for a Twelfth Night Celebration

TWO COLONIAL RECIPES TO MAKE
HOLIDAY WASSAIL
1 gallon apple cider
1 large can pineapple juice (unsweetened)
3/4 cup tea (can use herb tea)

Place in a cheesecloth sack:
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1 Tablespoon whole allspice
2 sticks cinnamon

This is great cooked in a crock pot. Let it simmer very slowly for 4 to 6 hours. You can add water if it evaporates too much. Your classroom will smell wonderful and the students will love it! Serves 20.

GINGERBREAD
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup melted margarine
½ cup evaporated milk
1 cup unsulfered molasses
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ teaspoon lemon extract
4 cups stone-ground or unbleached flour, unsifted


Combine the sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well. Add the melted margarine, evaporated milk and molasses. Add the extracts. Mix well. Add the flour 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. The dough should be stiff enough to handle without sticking to fingers. Knead the dough for a smoother texture. Add up to ½ cup additional flour if necessary to prevent sticking. When the dough is smooth, roll it out ¼ inch think on a floured surface and cut it into cookies. Bake on floured or greased cookie sheets in a preheated 375 F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. The gingerbread is done when they spring back when touched.

TWO COLONIAL CAROLS TO SING

HERE WE COME A WASSAILING
A Seventeenth-Century Carol

Here we come a wassailing among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring so fair to be seen (refrain)

Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail too,
And God bless you and send you a happy New Year,
And God send you a happy New Year.

We are not daily beggars that beg from door to door,
We are neighbors' children whom you have seen before (refrain)

Good master and mistress as you sit by the fire,
Think of us poor children who wander in the mire (refrain)

God bless the master of this house, likewise the mistress too,
And all the little children that round the table go. (refrain)

JOY TO THE WORLD
by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Joy to the World! The Lord is Come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to World! The Savior reigns. Let men their songs employ.. While fields and foods, rocks, hills and plains, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy. Repeat, Repeat, the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace. And makes the nations prove. The glories of His righteousness. And wonders of his love, And wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders of his love.

OTHER SUGGESTIONS
A MODEL INVITATION

The fifth grade students
at
Tiffany Elementary School
request the pleasure of your company
at
"A Williamsburg Holiday"
on
Tuesday, the sixth of January, 2012
at
Three of the clock in the afternoon

A CHRISTMAS SCENT

Sometimes scented flowers and herbs were placed in churches and homes for providing a pleasant holiday scent. The following receipt can be used to produce an authentic 18th-century holiday scent:

½ cup dried Rose Petals
2 tablespoons dried Lavender flowers
2 tablespoons dried Rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons dried Bayberry leaves
Combine and enjoy

 



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