Christmas in PA Dutch Country

Issue #001, November 28 2009


National Christmas Center - A Family Attraction and Museum. 3427 Lincoln Highway East Route 30, Paradise, PA 17562 Phone: 717.442.7950

Christmas Magic 2009 - Walk through 400,000 holiday lights on half mile trail in Rocky Ridge County Park. They have food, heated pavilions and entertainment. Sure to be great fun for the entire family.


Hometown Christmas Weekend Join Lititz in Celebrating the arrival of Christmas. December 4-5 Friday and Saturday Hometown Christmas Weekend Santa will arrive and join in the festivities on Friday evening and his visiting hours for the holidays will start that night. Sponsored by Lititz Kiwanis Club. On Sat. Dec. 5th, Santa and the Mrs. will take their traditional morning fire engine ride about town on Lititz Fire Company's # 1 engine. They will then take up visiting hours for the rest of the holiday season. Regular visiting hours thereafter will be: Fridays, 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Also, Christmas in Lititz Springs Park - Join in for a community Christmas carol sing-a-long and the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Lititz Springs Park. Friday, December 04, 2009 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Glen Rock Hose and Ladder 21st Annual Christmas Train Display - The display covers over 1500 feet of track and has some interactive activities. Thousands of people come to see the display. The display runs from Friday November 27 - January 10 2010. Fridays 6-9pm and Sundays 2-6pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. A special Christmas Eve 9pm to midnight, go see the trains and then join the carolers on the square. Location: Hufnagel Public Library 32 Main Street, Glen Rock, Pa. Admission is free but donations are appreciated and will help benefit the local fire company. *The library will be holding a huge used book sale during display hours.


Moravian Christmas Cookies


* 2 2/3 cups flour * 1/4 teaspoon baking soda * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 1 teaspoons cinnamon * 1/3 teaspoon ground ginger * 3/4 cup brown sugar * 2/3 cup butter or shortening * 1 1/3 cups molasses * 1/3 teaspoon vinegar


1.Sift flour, soda, salt and spices together. 2.Add sugar and mix well. 3.Work in the butter or shortening with a pastry blender or two knives 4.Add molasses and vinegar; mix thoroughly. 5.Chill. 6.Roll very thinly on a floured board and cut out with fancy cookie cutters. 7.Bake at 350F for ten minutes.

Makes 50 cookies

*From the Pennsylvania dutch chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947.

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