Does it seem to you that the holidays arrive earlier and earlier every year? Do you walk through the local Walmart and find yourself muttering 'Good grief!' every-time the linen department is taken over with seasonal patterns and prints? It certainly does seem like every last holiday has been over-commercialized; but let's not forget the true meaning behind these joyous events; remembrance, goodwill toward all, and celebration.
Momma gave me a sharp hug, then disappeared, downstairs for a few moments. "Maybe it just needs a little love?" she said as she strong some bells from our Christmas tree around me neck, and carefully pinned a felt heart to my breast. It was a line I knew well, from a film we watched every holiday season, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965).
I recently had a chance to sit in on an interview with creator Charles Schulz's daughter, Jill, and discuss what has made the beloved holiday special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, resonate so well after 50 years. She was quick to note "The themes are universal, everyone will continue to experience these themes....The thing with the football and Charlie Brown, everyone experiences losing." And she was right- how many times have I felt the anxiety of judgement over holiday decorations, or saving up enough to complete the items on my holiday shopping list?
What Daughter Says: Sometimes the best words are ones that have been uttered a thousand times before.
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**Click here for printable Snoopy Snax mix recipe
8 C Chex, Or Other Rice Puffed, Cereal
1 C White Chocolate Morsels
1/2 C Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 C Butter or Margerine
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1/2 C Roasted, Unsalted, Peanuts
1 C Chocolate Shell Candies (Yellow Preferred)
1.) Measure cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
2.) In a microwave safe bowl, microwave chips, butter/margarine, and peanut butter on high for 1 MIN. Stir. Microwave 30 SEC longer, or until mixture is smooth.
3.) Pour mixture over cereal- you may wish to do this in layers. Gently agitate with your hands to coat without breaking cereal.
4.) Pour some powdered sugar into a gallon sized bag. Fill halfway with cereal mixture and top with powdered sugar. Seal and shake to coat. Pour coated cereal onto parchment paper or a baking sheet to cool. Repeat until done. Toss with peanuts and chocolate candies. Store Snoopy Snax in a gallon sized bag, and refrigerate.