Christmas Eve is a week away and, to me, that means time for cookies...lots of 'em! I always make a bunch of cookies and display them on this pretty blue and white tiered stand that my mom gave me. More about our holiday cookie tradition below.
On the bottom of this lovely dish it says: Hand Engraving, Old Foley, Chrysanthemum, James Kent, Staffordshire, England.
The dish is all ready...now I just have to get started making those cookies!
And a game of tag, Christmas style
My dear blogger friend Tabetha at The Closet Intellectual has tagged me in a game of “Tag – You’re It, Christmas Style.” Be sure to visit Tabetha for her Holiday Extravaganza Week.
This pretty lady presented me with five holiday-worthy questions to answer. I trained as a journalist, probably because I don’t like to answer questions. But I’ll give it a try…
What is your oldest family holiday tradition?
I don’t know if it’s the oldest, but my favourite holiday tradition is setting out cookies on Christmas Eve on our three-tiered cookie stand. My mom used to do it every Christmas Eve. We didn’t have much family in our area—most of them lived in Nova Scotia—but my parents’ friends would drop in throughout the evening for tea and sweets. My mom gave me the blue and white cookie stand and I fill it up with cookies each year at my house now. My kids and my nieces love to pick out cookies from it.
What is your favorite holiday memory from childhood?
Okay, Mom, don’t tell Dad I put this on my blog. It’s not a favourite memory, but rather a dominant memory. After all, the not-so-fun experiences give you character, and I can look back on them with fondness now. Something about Christmas just rubbed my dad the wrong way. He was really grumpy about it. We had this horrible artificial tree with colour coded branches. Each branch had a bit of colour on the end that matched the colour around a hole on the tree. You had to insert each branch individually. When we got a bit older, my sister and I would put up the tree together. It was a pain in the you-know-what. The colour had actually worn off the stems, so you had to hold each piece up to the next to find the longest ones. And my dad would be yelling at us the whole time. He often went to bed early on Christmas Eve. Not sure what was going on there.
Penguins, snowmen or nutcrackers?
For a pet, mascot or décor? We have one stuffed snowman that someone gave me, but I think penguins are cuter. Frosty aside, of course. Strangely, we have had almost no snow yet this year in the Toronto area. One day it snowed a bit and my daughter was able to make a tiny snowman.
What is your favorite holiday cookie?
When I was a kid, I loved cherry balls. My husband thinks that’s disgusting. I can’t bring myself to make them now when I see all of the fake colour in the maraschino cherries. Life is more complicated now that I think all the time. I enjoy veganizing old cookie recipes, and making them with spelt flour. If you want to talk squares, date squares are still my favourite. I reinvented granny’s recipe here.
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