Hosted by Kelly and Marge, this is the 6th year that the Virtual Advent Tour has shared holiday joy with bloggers everywhere.
About a week before Christmas, our small town in northern New South Wales, Australia, holds Carols by Candlelight at the park just down the end of my street by the river and it is my favourite holiday event. Armed with camp chairs, picnic rugs, snacks (especially my homemade White Christmas), drinks and a plethora of glow in the dark bits and pieces my family (that includes my husband and four children) along with assorted friends claim a comfortable spot near the stage (but not too close to the speakers) and relax to enjoy a night of chatting, caroling, and general carousing . My oldest daughter, who is a display gymnast, performs every year with her gymnastic team and we are also entertained by a variety of musicians and singers. For the children there is usually a petting zoo set up and Santa makes an appearance in the back of a ute handing out bags of lollies but they are just as thrilled to be running around the park or swarming over the playground equipment in the twilight. It usually doesn’t get dark til after 8pm and if the weather has been cooperative (December is summer down under) we are treated to a wonderful fireworks display from a barge in the middle of the river. Eventually we wander home, the kids exhausted but already looking forward to doing it all again next year!
The article has a photo of two of my children captured at the Carols by Candlelight in 2009
Recipe for White Christmas
3 cups Rice Bubbles
1 1/2 bars of copha
1 cup dessicated coconut
1 cup of powdered milk
1 tbsp vanilla essence
1 cup icing sugar
1 bag of M&M chocolates (the red and green Christmas themed packets if you can get them)
Combine all dry ingredients except chocolate in a large bowl. Melt copha gently then pour over dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Add M&M’s and stir through evenly
Spoon mixture into small patty pan cases to fill. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Store in a airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
*You can also line a shallow baking tray with baking paper and then press mixture into it. Refrigerate and then slice into even pieces, wrap with cellophane, tie with a ribbon and give as a gift