Okanagan Rawsome Reflects on Christmas Past

The Sunday School Christmas Concert – the Greatest of  All Festivals


Afke Zonderland of Okanagan Rawsome reflects upon Christmas Past

“More than 40 children surrounded a towering 25-foot Christmas tree freshly cut from a nearby  forest. Row upon row of real candles were carefully clipped to  its sturdy branches. Each candle’s wick was connected to the next by a cotton twine that had been dipped in lamp oil. Some branches would hold 10 or more candles side by side and glass ornaments, balls, bells and stars were 6 inches in diameter. The smell of pine permeated the church.

Imagine a child’s wonder when two candles on each side of this very large tree were lit while the church was in total darkness.  The flame would wend its way from candle to candle, like leaping squirrels from branch to branch until finally converging at the star of Bethlehem, high up in the vault of the church. 

Candles that had somehow had escaped the fuel line were quickly pointed out by the youngsters in the first rows and “hand” lit by a candle mounted on a long pole.   A bucket with water at the base of the tree held a tightly bundled mass of old undershirts on an equally long pole provided all the regulatory fire safety regulations. Volunteer fire fighters were at the ready in the second row …  just in case the light of the world got carried away.


Afke Zonderlad & the Okanagan Rawsome Family

Finally, the organist would  start “The Little Town of Bethlehem” and  everyone would join in with majestic pride. Older children took turns reading from Matthew and Luke while younger shepherds fidgeted behind the tree, tangling their crooks in their cloaks.  Prodded by teachers, the children took turns shouting or whisperings their oft-rehearsed lines while fourth-grade wise men rode in on cardboard camels bearing myrrh, frankincense and gold. At the manger, they knelt before Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus – a large-sized doll with a porcelain head swaddled in a patch work blanket on a generous bed of straw. Carefully practiced words and prophesies were mostly lost among crying baby in the back and the crush of a very full house.

Dressed up in bed-sheet whites and angel wings, the children surged en masse to the stage front, singing “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” A rousing rendition of  ‘Silent Night’ closed this most wonderful evening of a child’s Christmas.  As each student left the stage, they each received a new reading book, a triangle of soft hazelnut nougat, some chocolate wreaths covered in white sprinkles, a spice cookie and a glorious imported Christmas orange – the sweetest memory of a Sunday School Christmas Concert.”

Merry Christmas from Okanagan Rawsome!

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Okanagan Rawsome’s mission is to awaken your taste buds with delicious raw, sprouted, gluten free, vegan crisps – now in five fabulous flavours! 

Okanagan Rawsome Beet Crisps

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps

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Onion-Herb BEET CRISPS are packed with local organic beets, carrots and onions combined with sprouted seeds and a yummy blend of spices.

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Onion-Herb Beet Crisps are delicious with your favourite cheese, hummus, or pesto. Make an open-faced sandwich using a Beet Crisp as a base!

  • INGREDIENTS: *ground flaxseeds, *carrots, *sprouted buckwheat, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *beets *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, *onions, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, *sea salt, cumin (*organic)

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Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps • See how they are made!

Spicy Chia-Hemp CARROT CRISPS are spicy snacks made with locally grown carrots & zucchini, chia, hemp, and sprouted lentils to enhance nutrient bioavailability. The carrots provide a high-source of Vitamin A.

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Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps are delicious with your favorite cheese, hummus, and/or a slice of avocado. Make an open faced sandwich using a Carrot Crisp as a base!

  • INGREDIENTS: *carrots, *ground flax seeds, *sprouted buckwheat, *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, hemp hearts, *chia seeds, *sea salt, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder (*organic)

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Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame APPLE CRISPS  light, flavour-packed zesty treat made with oranges and lemons. We grind whole flax seeds to preserve valuable Omega-3 fats. Dehydration happens at low temperatures, protecting valuable living enzymes!

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Delicious with a seed or nut butter. Visit the recipe section of our website for other suggested pairings and rawsome recipes!

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How Apple Crisps Are Made

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Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger APPLE CRISPS offer dark chocolate-coconut decadence in a delicious mixture of organic Okanagan apples, ginger, sprouted seeds, sprouted buckwheat, and dates. 

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Choc-Ginger Apple Crisps are delicious on their own or with a serving of ice cream made with frozen bananas & vegan chocolate pudding.

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, ginger slices, dark chocolate (cocao, sugar, non-GMO soya lecithin, vanilla flavour), *coconut, ground ginger, *lemon juice, cinnamon, *sea salt (*organic)
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 Cran Raisin Apple CrispsCranberry Raisin Apple Crisps

Cran-Raisin APPLE CRISPS combine sprouted buckwheat with delicious organic cranberries, raisins, and organic Okanagan apples to create a naturally sweet and filling snack. 

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Crumble a few pieces of Cran-Raisin Apple Crisps onto plain yogurt or sprinkle some on top of your morning cereal to add live enzymes and easy to digest protein to kick start your day!

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, *raisins, *cranberries, cinnamon, ground ginger, *orange zest, *sea salt (*organic)

Available in convenient single-sized portions.

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