Category Archives: Holidays

Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions help build strong family bonds.

Lori, “Mormon Hippie” creator, shares some of her favorite traditions she has collected from Austria, Ireland, Poland and many other places around the world.

“Christmas Traditions” (Audio — 27:00)

In the following video, Lori shows you how to make an authentic Apfel Strüdel.

Find the Apfel Strüdel recipe in this PDF from the Mormon Tea episode “Fill My Cup with Tradition.”


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Peace on Earth, if Only for the Day

Based on a true story, soldiers during World War I pause on Christmas day to enjoy a little Peace on Earth.

If you have been following Mormon Hippie from our beginning at Thanksgiving 2014, you know that our Christmas celebrations embrace many cultures and traditions.  Having served our missions in southern Germany and Austria, singing “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night) is always the culminating highlight of our 4th and final Advent celebration each year.

This year (2014), Sainbury’s of Great Britain has produced a beautiful Christmas message bringing cultures, human emotion, and good will together in a way that will swell your heart with joy and hope, even 100 years after the event took place.  The Spirit of Christmas works miracles, then and now.

Wishing you a season of peace and good will toward all men, and may gratitude and happiness grace your Christmas!

The Mormon Hippie Duo


(This article was originally posted in December, 2014)

I love Christmas in the Primary Nursery! Every Sunday in December we would teach the story of Christmas by dressing up the children as characters of the Nativity. We taped yellow paper stars along the walls of the church and one very large yellow star over the place where the baby Jesus (a doll) slept in a manger (a shoebox lined with straw). Mary and Joseph led the procession, the Shepherds carried stuffed lambs, the Wise Men carried small shiny gifts, and the Angels twirled their pretty white dresses as we all followed the stars to find the Baby Jesus.

One December in particular will forever stand out to me. As our adorable class of 2 and 3-year- olds excitedly discovered the stars and almost raced down the halls to find the Baby Jesus, a number of curious adults joined the joyful throng. When the children located the large star, they gathered around the small box with the baby inside, and instinctively knelt down beside it. Without a word from any of the Nursery leaders or bystanders, the Wise Men gently placed their little gifts beside the baby inside the shoebox bed. The spontaneous reverence from these tiny children was awe-inspiring.

After a moment of gathering my emotions so that I could speak, I quietly suggested to the children that we sing a song to the Baby Jesus. I asked what they would like to sing to him, fully expecting that they would choose “Away in a Manger” or “Silent Night”, as we had practiced those songs in class. My 3-year-old grandson jumped up and excitedly said, “I know!” A pause while he thought about it. Then again, in that breathy excited voice, “I know!” Another pause. His little body was vibrating – something uncontrollable that happened when he was excited! We all waited in anxious anticipation. Finally, almost bursting with excitement, he exclaimed: “I know! How about? (a pause). How about? (another pause). How about Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah?!” He was so proud that he had come up with the perfect song! There was a long moment of silence, and a few giggles, then one of the bystanders said, “I think that would make Jesus very happy.”

So we sang Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah to Baby Jesus right there in the hallway of the church. And all the bystanders sang along. And more gathered around. And surprisingly, most everyone knew the words. And even more surprising, the words were perfect for the occasion of the birth of the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace.

My oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way

Mister bluebird on my shoulder
It’s the truth
It’s actual
Everything is satisfactual

Wonderful feeling !
Wonderful day !

Music by Allie Wrubel and Lyrics by Ray Gilbert


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Autumn Recipes

Mormon-Hippie-Forgotten-Skills-Pumpkin-Soup“Come, ye thankful people come, raise a song of harvest home; all is safeIy gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.”

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio”, video and internet producer Lori Henderson joins authors Caleb Warnock and Janiel Miller to discuss and share autumn recipes. (Audio – 27 min.)

Get recipes for:

  • Wicked Good Over-night Carmel French Toast
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chilled Pumpkin Soup
  • Stevia Apple Cider
  • Seasoned Zucchini Chips
  • Spiced Nuts
  • Lightly-sweetened Popcorn

For more holiday ideas, listen to the Mormon Tea episode Fill My Cup with Tradition. (Audio – 27 min.)

Learn to make an authentic German Apple Strudel. Lori teaches you how in this step-by-step video.


Use a Veggetti to make delicious, healthy vegetable noodles.Mormon-Hippie-Forgotten-Skills-Veggetti


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In Memory of Thanksgiving — That Holiday We Used to Have Before Christmas

Every year it seems that Christmas sales, promotions and decorations show up earlier and earlier. Thanksgiving is being pushed back into the dark corners of America’s holiday storehouse.

One man is on a personal crusade to rectify that. “The Pilgrim” is determined to bring back Thanksgiving.

Visit The Pilgrim’s Facebook page.

“The Pilgrim” is not a creation of Mormon Hippie (but is a really good friend).

Wholesome Living, Celebration & Gladness of Heart

Mormon-Hippie-Wholesome-Living,-Celebration--Cake-photo-by-wikimedia-commons-CdnStarSeveral years ago, I attended a lecture by Michael Pollan at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He had been invited by the “Slow Food Utah” organizers and his subject was about the nature of food, our environment, and healthful eating. He displayed on a very large screen a photo of a decadently rich and luscious slice of chocolate cake.  The reaction, as he expected, was a collective groan of desire and guilt from the audience.  He went on to say that in America that is the general reaction.  However, in France, the reaction is one of Celebration!

One of my favorite books is French Women Don’t Get Fat:  The Secret of Eating For Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano.  Not only is it an absolutely delightful and inspiring read, but it seems to me that the French people seem to understand and live the Word of Wisdom!  There are a few things I personally set aside — the author builds a pretty persuasive case for enjoying a glass of wine with dinner!  But I live by my rules!

Consider a few of the French philosophies found in French Women Don’t Get Fat:


As we study, ponder and pray, a new perspective and attitude toward food and healthy living takes shape, and a new kind of gratitude flows from deep within as we receive the wonderful blessings and experiences good food offers us.

In the Doctrine & Covenants, Section 59, the Lord commands the saints to righteous living and offers these words:

Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its strength.

Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fullness of the earth is yours . . . the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

Yea, all things which come of  the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;

Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.

And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment . . . D&C 59:3 16-20 (italics added)

I believe we can, with gratitude and not remorse, indulge in beautiful, festive, and delicious celebrations that bind us as families and friends and cultures.

Let’s Celebrate!

— Lori Henderson, Producer/Host of “Mormon Tea” on the Mormon Media Network.

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This is an excerpt from a “Mormon Tea” article posted by Mormon Media Network.  To view the article in its entirety, click here.

This is an excerpt from a “Mormon Tea” article posted by Mormon Media Network.  To view the article in its entirety, click here.


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Zen Christmas

Mormon Hippie shares a new perspective on Christmas celebrations for individuals, families and groups.

What awakens you to Christmas?

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Mormon Hippies share their Christmas Traditions on the Mormon Media Network program “Mormon Tea”. — Audio 27:00

Why I Love Christmas

A Little Help for a Joyous Holiday Season

  1. SEE THE LIGHT — With the sun coming up later and going down earlier, it’s possible to go days without seeing it. Make sure to get out during the day and get some sun light.
  1. TAKE A HIKE…OR AT LEAST A WALK — Your brain loves the rhythm of walking. It decreases anxiety and can improve sleep.
  1. HAVE A “ME” DAY — We do an awuful lot for others during the holidays and sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Schedule a day for YOU. Spend the day doing something YOU want to do. It’s not selfish; after all, you can’t do for others if you don’t first take care of yourself.
  1. EASE UP ON THE SUGAR — Holiday sweets can send your body on an emotional roller-coaster. Sugar is a stimulant and can create high and lows. If you have too much the lows can get lower and last longer each time.
  1. LAUGH — Laughing reduces stress hormones, and that can boost your immune system.
  1. FORGET PERFECTION — Studies have shown the world will not end if all the plates on your holiday table don’t match. Most holiday stress is brought on by ourselves.
  1. GO TECH-FREE — Turn of your gadgets during social gatherings. It allows you to enjoy what’s going on without wondering what ELSE is going on.

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