By: Advent Devotional

Posted: December 30, 2019

Category: Daily Devotional

Everyone may know someone like my friend Carol. Carol does everything well. Whether it be gardening, flower arranging or cooking, she does each task with ease and expertise. Many of my favorite recipes over the years are Carol recipes.

Christmas time at Carol’s house brings joy to your heart. All of her skills rally to make each Christmas unique and special. She opens her home to family and friends. She has some recipes that are always part of the Christmas tradition. Family and friends know that these will be served Christmas Day. Cranbrosia is one of those recipes.

A number of years ago, Carol shared the recipe for Cranbrosia with me. Once I tried it, it became a traditional dish for Christmas Day at my home. My old recipe for cranberry salad was retired and Cranbrosia took its place.


2 cups fresh cranberries. coarsely chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1 11 oz can mandarin oranges, well-drained, preserve juice
1 8 oz can pineapple tidbits, well-drained, preserve juice
1 cup shredded coconut
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup sour cream
1 cup whipped cream (not cool whip, please!)

Combine cranberries and sugar, mix well to dissolve sugar. Add oranges, pineapple, coconut to cranberry mixture. Combine reserved juices and measure out 3/4 cup into a small saucepan’ sprinkle gelatin over juice to soften. Place over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to boil. Add to fruit mixture. Fold in sour cream, then whipped cream. Chill until firm, overnight.

This is very pretty in a crystal bowl and served from there or it can be molded.

~ Ann Meadows


Romans 1:1-7


Most Holy God, we thank You that Your family could be large enough for your chosen ones and for those of us who were/are gentiles. We thank You that we too, can be numbered among the saints who look forward to singing Your praises forevermore. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.