It’s time to take a break from the hurry and scurry of the season. Listen to some music, have a hot cocoa or toddy, depending on your stress level. I’m taking a break today to think about my favorite Christmas things, food, people who make the holidays special in my world.
My favorite gift
My son Andy. Now 22, Andy was born on December 1. We treated him like a new toy that first Christmas -I have a photo somewhere of him in his pumpkin seat, under the tree, with a bow on his head. He does not look happy. Nevertheless, Christmas has always been his favorite holiday – he watches Christmas movies and listens to Christmas music all year. (Ready Andy’s story here.) He makes our Christmas special every year.
Favorite day of the season
Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the season – going to services, driving around to look at the lights, snacking and visiting. It’s a time to pause between the hurry and the hustle and remember the reason for the season.
Ok, this is a tough one. While I love iced sugar cookies I think my favorite cookie we made when growing up was No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut cookies. Some recipes have peanut butter but ours never did. Before we “expanded” our house, we had an enclosed back porch where we put them to cool. Here’s the recipe – don’t let them boil too long, they won’t set up:
No Bake Coconut Cookie
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup cocoa
1 stick margarine
2 1/2 cups quick oatmeal
1 cup flaked coconut
Mix oatmeal and coconut in large bowl, set aside. Mix first four ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil on low heat. Boil 3 minutes. Pour mixture over oatmeal and coconut, mix thoroughly. Drop by tablespoon onto waxed paper. Let stand until firm. Good cold but eat at least one warm!
Favorite funny Christmas song
Favorite traditional carol
“Away in a Manger” – probably the first Christmas carol learned as a child. No matter what version is playing, I hear children’s voices singing.
Favorite new Christmas song – traditional mode
“Grown – Up Christmas List” – favorite version by Amy Grant.
… No more lives torn apart That wars would never start And time woudl heal all hearts Everyone would have a friend And right would always win And love would never end This is my grown-up Christmas list.
Hope you’re having a happy holiday season enjoying all the things that make your days special! I’d love to hear about them…