Christmas Greetings from Lehman’s

Teach us to value most eternal things,
To find the happiness that giving brings,
To know the peace of misty, distant hills,
To know the joy that giving self fulfils,
To realize anew this Christmas Day,
The things we keep are those we give away.
                    ~ Marvin Davis Winsett

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Merry Christmas, from all of us at Lehman’s.

 

Christmas Eve on the Ranch

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Christmas Eve on the Ranch 
-Anonymous

‘Twas the night before Christmas and out on the ranch
The pond was froze over and so was the branch.
The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule.
The kids were all home on vacation from school.
And happier young folks you never did see
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The ‘Guest’ You DON’T Want for Christmas Dinner

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Many times we only think of food-borne illnesses as a threat in warm summer weather. That is a perfect environment for food-borne illness — but it’s not the only one. Prevent food-borne illness and food poisoning this season with these simple tips for travelling with and serving holiday foods: Continue reading

Recipes for Your Christmas Morning

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Whether you’re waking up to already-made goodies or engaging the whole family in making a lavish brunch, enjoy these favorite Christmas morning recipes from Lehman’s staff! Continue reading

Christmas with The Plain Folk

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“What do the Amish do for Christmas?” “How do Mennonites celebrate Christmas?” This is a question we hear over and over again at our Kidron store and often, on our phone lines. You may be surprised to discover that, at the heart of it, the Amish and Mennonites celebrate just like the rest of us – but maybe a little more quietly.

 

Celesta, one of our telephone customer service representatives since 2009, shared some details about her family’s Christmas celebrations. In fact, this Christmas is a special one for her, as she and her husband Henry were married in October, and will be celebrating their first Christmas together. “This year, we decorated my first Christmas tree. It was very fun!” she said. A member of the Mennonite Church, Celesta describes her more traditional upbringing and her family’s Christmas activities.

snow buggy“We’re just like everyone else, we like to get to get together, visit, and eat,” she says, laughing. “Our families may be a bit bigger, but we do many of the same things. We go to church, we send Christmas letters and cards to family and friends far away.” Although her parents were raised Amish, they were a bit more liberal than the parents of many of her friends, and so Christmas at their home included Christmas card-making parties, where many of her female relatives would make beautiful cards. “When I was as young as 7, my parents had me start sending Christmas letters to my cousins and far-away family. It’s a way to keep in touch. We did a lot of letter writing, but the Christmas letter was special.”

Although there were no gift exchanges when she was young, all the family that could gathered for Christmas dinner. “We could have 100 to 125 people for Christmas dinner. And we have adult tables and children’s tables, like everyone does.”

Her immediate family had their specific Christmas traditions. “My father would read the Christmas story to us on Christmas morning, every Christmas. We were always together for that.”

Christmas BarnThis Christmas, celebrating with her new in-laws, means that Celesta is part of Christmas tradition that is common to many large families: the name draw! “There could be 25 to 50 of us, and that’s just so many. We all choose one name and find a small gift for the exchange. Some are handmade, and some are purchased.”

“There is one thing I would like people to know,” she said. “Instead of gifts, Christmas is more about family in our homes. If you ask any Amish person what is important, it is about getting together, being with family.”

Originally published on December 18, 2012.

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There’s Still Time!

Relax – you still have time to order those gifts! Our UPS Ground cutoff date is Thursday, December 17. Click the link below for all our holiday shipping information. Give us a call at 800-438-5346 – we’ll do our best to get it there on time!

Lehman’s Shipping Information

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Pfeffernusse: Tiny, Spicy Bites of Christmas Tradition

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We all love the soft, fluffy, iced and decorated sugar cut-out cookies – and it wouldn’t be Christmas without those, am I right? But, if you’re looking to add something a little different to your baking this year, step back in time and make some peppernuts!

The history of these tiny, spicy, crunchy cookies is varied and vast – and most of the modern recipes contain neither pepper nor nuts. But it appears peppernuts are a centuries-old Christmas tradition in several European countries. 

In the Netherlands, the cookies (called pepernoten) are linked to the feast of St. Nicholas (December 6), when children receive treats in their shoes left out overnight. In Germany, pfeffernusse are more closely tied to Christmas itself.  Continue reading

Four Grandmothers Gingerbread Cookies

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Last December I finally tried my hand at one of the most coveted recipes within the pages of my Great-Grandmother Miriam’s recipe book: her soft ginger cookies. She made them every Christmas when I was a child; we looked forward to them so much that she even wrote, “the kids like these” in the recipe (the entire thing is handwritten, another aspect of the treasure).

Blessed with a quiet afternoon to myself, the baby napping and the other children at school, I set about mixing up the dough in my trusty KitchenAid mixer, which was a wedding gift from Grandma Ruth. As I got out my rolling pin and cookie cutters, it suddenly dawned on me that my cookie baking was accompanied by not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR of my grandmothers. Continue reading

5 Holiday Baking Annoyances (and how to solve them)

At Lehman’s, our goal is to provide you with simple products for a simpler life – and that goal extends way into the busy Christmas season! That’s why we’re very happy when we hear that our products help people make life a little easier or less stressful. Since it’s officially time for Christmas baking, we’re sharing 5 ways to solve those annoying little bumps in your cookie baking experience. Bake on!

5 Holiday Baking Problems + How to Solve Them

Problem: Waiting hours for all the cookies to be baked
Solution: Magnum Cookie Sheet

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Everyone knows the fun begins when it’s time to DECORATE the cookies, so how do you save time and still have the freshest cookies to decorate? This cookie sheet is how. Measuring a massive 21″ x 17″, it’s so large that we recommend measuring your oven inside before ordering one. Being able to bake up to 3 dozen cookies at one time is worth the extra storage space for this baby!

Problem: Your prizewinning dessert is smooshed when you get to the party.
Solution: Stainless Steel Cake Pan with Raised Lid

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Problem: Dimly lit kitchen/Your eyes aren’t what they used to be
Solution: Oak Cookbook Holder

cookbook holderTired of bending over to read Grandma’s cursive handwriting, the small-print, batter-stained cookbook or the text on your ipad? Raise the words and save your eyes! Our gorgeous Amish-crafted cookbook holder also prevents splatters from getting on your cherished recipes or electronic devices. 

Problem: Sore feet and back from standing in the kitchen
Solution: Premium Wellness Mat

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Treat your feet (and knees and back, and neck) to a comfortable, downright cushy place to stand while you’re mixing, molding and decorating those Christmas creations. Just place this top-quality, American-made mat in the area where you stand the most – by the stove, sink, or counter – for instant comfort. With a 7-year warranty, it’ll be around for lots of Christmases to come. Two styles and two great colors to choose. (Hint: Also great for workshops and work areas.)

Problem: No time to make extra snacks after all that baking
Solution: Sweet, salty, crunchy Chocolate Potato Chip Caramel Corn (on sale for a limited time!)

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We made the perfect snack for you. And, to introduce our newest chocolate concoction, we’re giving you dollars off a big, 16-oz tub of irresistible Chocolate-Drizzled Potato Chip Caramel Corn (for a limited time). Oh, and don’t forget our other chocolate treasures for Christmas – more delectable choices than we’ve ever had before!

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