My grandmother used to bake for Christmas. She was the one who taught me that fruitcake will keep for years wrapped in a rum soaked cheesecloth (and you have to use real rum not just flavoring). When I was a kid, I distinctly remember the Christmas we went to her house and she proudly announced she had made 22 kinds of Christmas cookies. It’s amazing we don’t all have diabetes.
This Christmas is our first Christmas without her, so in her honor, a list of “Christmas Cookies”.
C—Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars – Grandma introduced us to this candy like bar cookie. We strongly recommend eating in what my brother would call “guilt free bites”.
H – Honey Cookies – A childhood friend’s mother used to make these by the dozen. Not too sweet, even decorated with colored sugar (just mix food coloring and white sugar), these are amazing with tea…or coffee, I guess.
R – Red Velvet Christmas Cookies – They are even white and red! How “Christmas-y”.
I – Italian Christmas Cookies
S – Snickerdoodles – My father likes everything “done” (nearly burnt, really) except snickerdoodles :0)
T – Thumbprint Cookies
M – Macaroons, Macaroon Blossoms, or Molasses Cookies (Though our family goes more for the soft gingersnaps!)
A – Almond Spritz Cookies
S – Sugar Cookies – My mother’s recipe is wonderfully moist – the secret is sour cream. And you can decorate them with just about any kind of frosting and toppings. Our decorating skills may need some help but these cookies are beautiful on the inside where it counts :0)
Why do we store Christmas decorations for 11 whole months?
-- And then throw them up as quickly as possible on the coldest day of the year :0)
If no one likes fruitcake...why do we make it?
-- And why don't we make Easter cookies or Christmas baskets?
Why do we feel so much pressure to get everyone gifts
-- Even if we don't know what to get (and everyone already has too much clutter anyway)?
Why do we cram the season full of all sorts of activities...
-- And then complain it is too busy.
Maybe these are just our ways of demonstrating that Christmas is the best time of the year!
Waiting a long time is a good thing...it means they don't think you are imminently going to die!
But if the nurse, the paramedic, the radiology tech and the doctor all descend on you in the first 5 minutes, that's bad...or it could just mean they are bored...either way.
If you hear a lot of laughter from the nurses or doctors area, it may not mean they are having a great shift, it may mean that it has been a rough day.
Being boring is a good thing...it means they have seen this before and it's not dangerous.
But if they bring in a bunch of students to look because you are "interesting", that may be bad.
Just because everything sounds quiet, doesn't mean the ER isn't busy. And just because you hear multiple people screaming, doesn't mean that anyone is dying. Often, screaming means they are hale and healthy and likely to live longer than you...along with the imaginary things they see and hear.
Same author with some fun, quirky thoughts to make you smile!