Grounded Podcast

Why Christmas Traditions Matter Even When We Cannot Gather, with Donna VanLiere and Robyn McKelvy

In a uniquely different year, not everything has to change. Today’s conversation focuses on traditions and the importance of upholding them, even in 2020. Donna VanLiere and Robyn McKelvy join our hosts to talk about anchoring your traditions in the hope of Jesus and using them to serve others. Whether you carry on or create traditions this year, may they point you back to Christ this Christmas.

Connect with Donna:

Twitter: @donnavanliere 

Facebook: facebook.com/donnavanliere 

Website: http://www.donnavanliere.com/

Episode Notes:

Christmas Star Viewing Guide

Mom & Daughter Christmas Star Date

Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe:

This is yummy for family movie night. Unfortunately, it’s hard to stop eating! This also stores well in a tin and makes a great Christmas gift for your neighbors.

32 cups plain popped popcorn
2½ cups brown sugar
1 ½ cups butter
½ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
coarse grain sea salt, optional

Preheat oven to 225. Pop popcorn and remove any unpopped kernels. Put into a large roasting pan and set aside. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir occasionally for 8-10 minutes or until it comes to a full boil. Continue cooking for 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour the hot sugar mixture over the popcorn in the roasting pan and stir until well coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every fifteen minutes, or until there is a crispy coating on the popcorn. Spread out on parchment paper and cool. Microwave the bittersweet chocolate chips, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Drizzle over cooled popcorn. If desired, sprinkle with coarse grain sea salt. Let stand until drizzle is firm. Store leftovers in air-tight container.

Treasuring Christ in our Traditions

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About the Guest

Donna VanLiere

Donna VanLiere

Donna VanLiere is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. Six novels have been turned into made-for-TV movies. She is a wife and mom of three children and her passion is teaching God's word and telling people that things are looking up to the return of Christ! She is the host of a limited series podcast called Things Are Looking Up where she discusses current events and examines them according to what the Bible says.

About the Hosts

Erin Davis

Erin Davis

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many …

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Portia Collins

Portia Collins

Portia Collins is a Christian Bible teacher and writer/blogger who enjoys studying and teaching Scripture.  Portia is the founder of "She Shall Be Called" (SSBC), a women’s ministry centered on …

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Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh is the best-selling author, speaker, and founder of True Girl (formerly Secret Keeper Girl), America's most popular Christian tween event. She has authored over 20 books that have …

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Alejandra Slemin

Alejandra Slemin

Alejandra is a sinner who believed in Jesus at the age of seven in her native country, Dominican Republic. She is a wife and homeschool mom. She's passionate about Christ, …

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