Let’s take a break – random Christmas thoughts

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.

Favorite cookie

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

It’s a tie – can’t decide between “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Straight No Chaser or The Twelve Pains of Christmas”  by Bob Rivers (links to a very cool video made in Runescape)

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… 



About SallyK

A little blog about the ordinary and not so ordinary things our family does, places we travel, things we see. Like travel, cooking, family stories, book reviews, music? You will find it all here - comments welcome!
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2 Responses to Let’s take a break – random Christmas thoughts

  1. My aunt Kate was the Christmas cookie maker in our family. She made things the I’ll always remember. First were a sour cream iced sugar cookie and second was a mayonnaise walnut pound cake with dark chocolate icing. She would make the cake several months ahead and freeze it. The freezing somehow gave it more body and melded the flavors. Unfortunately she took the recipe for each to her grave. So, I don’t care if they serve Mogan-David in heaven cause I’ll settle for my Aunt Kate’s cookies and cake! Merry Christmas and I so much enjoy your blog.

    • SallyK says:

      Even if you did have the recipe it just wouldn’t be the same you know, because of Aunt Kate’s love that went into it. Thanks for your nice comments! Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

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