More Christmas Magic


It wasn’t just Philadelphia last year as I reported in my last post . It seems the real spirit of Christmas is alive almost everywhere.

On Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri a Secret Santa continued a yearly tradition by passing out $100 bills in stores, in food pantries, and anywhere people gathered.

I have to be careful how much more I write as this is an AP story. Big news companies like newspapers and TV news pay AP huge amounts of money to use their content. And evidently AP wants huge payments from humble bloggers like me too.   

I have read AP sometimes sue, or threaten to sue, bloggers for even mentioning any story they write about from AP. This is true even if it is just a snippet, as little as five words, even when properly attributed. Some say this is true if you even just link to one of their stories. Others say this is over blown. I don’t know one way or the other. So I want to err on the side of no infringement. I simply cannot afford to be sued by a big rich company like AP. Maybe AP needs to get into the holiday spirit a bit. Or maybe they just can’t get used to the fact that the news industry has changed and the internet and blogging  is here to stay.


You can Google Secret Santa Kansas City and literally hundreds of links will appear and you can read to your hearts content. It is a beautiful story. And several years ago this Secret Santa disclosed who he is and why he does what he does.

This is a very heart warming story and worth a look-see.

And in Chattanooga, Tennessee,  a Secret Santa dropped thousands of dollars in a Salvation Army Kettle last week.

Kevin Sims of WTVC, Channel 9 writes, “Somewhere out there, a secret Santa just saved Christmas for a lot of Tennessee Valley families.  And they did it with the biggest gift ever to a Salvation Army red kettle in our area.” Over $5000. You can read the full story and see a TV news cast of the report by clicking the link at the beginning of this paragraph.

You know, sometimes we hear so much about all of the bad things in the world, bank robberies, killings, drug deals, that we forget there is also a lot of good in the world. And there are a lot of good people in the world. 

This Christmas let us remember and give thanks for these good folk.

On to other items.

For those of you still trying to decorate your Christmas tree, you might want to hire this crew:                                             


Featured Recipe   Mandarin Oranges & Pineapples in Sour Cream

This recipe is about as simple as anything I have shared with you before. There is this wonderful Chinese Buffet in Westerville, Ohio that I have been going to for ten years or more. The China Garden Buffet is simply the best Chinese buffet in the Columbus area in my opinion.

On the fruit and dessert line they have this dish. I guess it is a dessert. But it could also be a salad. Whatever course, it is super delicious. It looked and tasted to me like just canned Mandarin oranges, pineapples, and sour cream. But I wasn’t sure. It may have been yogurt. So one day I just  asked. I was correct. It was sour cream.

The combination, strange as it may seem, is a taste combination made in heaven itself.

So here is one last recipe for your holiday table or buffet.

This is what you will need:

1 can Mandarin oranges

1 can pineapple chunks

2-3 tablespoons sour cream

Here is what you do:

Drain the fruit well. Dump everything in a bowl.

Gently fold together.

Adjust the amount of sour cream to your liking if necessary. I used about three and one half tablespoons.

As Bugs Bunny would say, “That’s it folks.”

That is how the basic recipe is. But you know how I like to play around with food. I add stuff. This is what I did today.

I still have some left over coconut flakes I need to use up from when I baked the Cherry Coconut Drops. So I added a bit of those to the top.

But I also decided I needed something to just make the dish pop. Since I often have frozen pomegranate seeds in my freezer I thought those little red gems would be just perfect.

I think they work just fine. What do you think?

Bon Appetit!!!!


1 can Mandarin oranges                    $0.50

1 can pineapple chunks                      $1.65

2-3 tablespoons sour cream               $0.43

Total cost = $2.58               

You can get 5-6 servings from this dish. So you can see it would be a very inexpensive dish. You can also double or triple the recipe very easily.

NOTES ON INGREDIENTS: I never had an actual recipe, so I can’t give you numbers of ounces for the fruit. But the owner did specifically tell me 2 tablespoons sour cream. Today I had a 15 ounce can of pineapple and an 8 ounce can of oranges. But sometimes it is just the opposite. I have more oranges than pineapples. Just play with it. If you like oranges use more of them, or vice versa.

Quote of the Day

Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. 

Eric Sevareid

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1 comment to More Christmas Magic

  • Virginia Urbach

    Hi, Roberta. I have a similar recipe using Kool Whip instead of sour cream. The taste is probably the same. As for your story. I read that somewhere, can’t remember. It’s especially troubling in the UK where one can be sued so easily. Here in the US it’s not quite that easy to get prosecuted, although it can still happen. It was advised to always put “allegedly” in a story that one posts.