Christmas customs – where did these traditions come from?

While we prepare for the upcoming Christmas season with advent calendars, decorating our trees, putting lights up and hanging our stockings; have you ever wondered how these traditions became part of our celebrations? Well, we did & here’s what we found! Christmas trees were first decorated in 16th century Germany. They chose fir trees for both indoors & out. Decorations included apples, roses, gilded candies and colored paper. It was believed in the Middle Ages to symbolize the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that Protestant reformer, Martin Luther was the first to put lights (really they were candles) … Continue reading

A warm and festive drink for the Holidays

At Par-T-Perfect one of our favorite drinks to make this time of the year is Spiced Apple Cider. We find this delicious drink warms you on the inside and makes the house smell festive during the party or gathering. Spiced Apple Cider   You will need: mulling spices, apple cider, cheese cloth, string, cinnamon sticks, and a pot. Cut cheese cloth into a 6′ square. Put mulling spices into square  cut cheese cloth and pull all four corners in and tie at the top with the string to create a ball of spices. Pour a quart or a gallon (depending … Continue reading