Christmas Around the Corner

The snow is blanketing the ground, and we’re due to get more, cookies are slowly filling tins, decorations are up, and mysterious brown parcels are showing up at frequent intervals on the front steps. At church, we’re singing Advent carols and adding a lit Advent candle weekly to the wreath; I guess it’s safe to say that Christmas is just around the corner.

While one son, Ben, was still with us on Thanksgiving weekend, we put the Christmas trees up and decorated elsewhere throughout the house. The downstairs fireplace mantle was draped with a pine bough swag and large white silk puffy flowers. The front door now boasts its Christmas wreath and the Christmas village and crèche are in place in the front room. Sure looks welcoming and homey!

About 10 days ago, I started baking Christmas cookies, one kind every other day. I’ve switched out several recipes for some new ones to mix things up a bit. This year, the new cookies are Gin Lime Coconut Macaroons dipped in white chocolate, Iced Cinnamon Swirls, Folded Pineapple-Filled Cookies topped with Macadamia Nuts, Blackberry Jam Linzer Cookies, and Peppermint Meringue Kisses.  Those are in addition  to the yearly favorites: Scotch Shortbread, Raspberry-Filled Cream Cheese Foldovers, Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies. and Iced Peanut Butter Bars.  Phew!  I’ll need a vacation from the oven.

As for the upcoming weather forecast, we’re supposed to get 2-5″ of new snow tomorrow and another shot on Saturday, and Christmas Eve even looks promising.  It’s foggy today, so everything appears shrouded in white.  The trees are coated again with frozen fog, so it’s a fairyland outside.  It’s not supposed to warm up, so I imagine the snow will hang around through Christmas, albeit a bit dingy.

And all those parcels I alluded to are slowly stacking up in a corner of a closet awaiting wrapping paper.  Ethan, who’s 10 next March, somehow still believes in Santa (this may be the final year), chatted with the old elf at a church Christmas party, and handed him his carefully written, long list of Christmas wishes.  (I put in a word or two with Santa afterwards and retrieved the list as Ethan’s mom wanted to save it for posterity, and possibly blackmail when he’s older!)

My church choir at St. Peter’s has one more rehearsal for its cantata for Christmas Eve and we should be ready to sing in Christmas properly.  The sanctuary will be decorated with poinsettias, candles, and lovely white altar hangings.  It’s one service everyone looks forward to.

For Christmas Day dinner we’ll feast on a standing rib roast and Yorkshire Pudding–very English!  And that’s after noshing on a cheese and salami tray all afternoon and New Orleans Beignets for breakfast.  I just got the recipe for those treats and I can make the dough the night before and fry them up in the morning.  Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with coffee…..doesn’t get much better!

So, if Christmas is just around the corner, please hurry up!  I can’t wait!!!

Published in: on December 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

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