“Christmas cookies can’t help but be retro – they are memory first, sugar-flour-egg-redhot-gumdrop-sparkle reality second.”

Late again! I slept in this morning. Gracie had a restless night, and I sleep lightly now so I would hear her, wake up and check to make sure she was okay. She was fine. This week’s acupuncture really helped. She’s moving around better than she has been. I hope it lasts longer each time.

Christmas Eve Eve made waiting for the big day even harder. We’d beg my mother to let us open one of the presents under the tree, but she’d never give in. She’d even get a bit annoyed at our relentless begging. My sister Moe never asked. She already knew what a few of the presents were but so did we without looking. Every year it was the same. We’d each have new pajamas and new slippers, the socks kind which I still like.

Cookies are on the to-do list. I made snickerdoodles yesterday. It was the first time I’d even made them, and my nephew, who had dropped by, said they were delicious. I’ll accept that as a valid review.

Today is dark and rainy. It is in the high 40’s now and will get to the mid 50’s, but by dark it will be much colder, down to the 30’s. I always think rain at Christmas is just wrong.  Not a single Christmas song is about the joys of rain. Everything is snow. I figure the only kids happy with rain on Christmas morning are the ones with new bikes.

What I always really hated was leaving all my new stuff on Christmas Day to go to my grandparent’s house. All my aunts and uncles and cousins were also there. The place was chaos with kids running up and down stairs chasing each other. I have a lot of cousins.

No Christmas movie today. I watched Bright on Netflix. Will Smith is a police officer with an Orc as an partner. There are also fairies and elves. I think I saw a centaur manning or half-manning the entrance into the main police station. A magic wand that can destroy the world is the focus of the plot. I enjoyed it. This movie was a huge leap from all those  Hallmark moments.

It’s time to work on my Christmas cookies. The orange cookies are next.

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12 Comments on ““Christmas cookies can’t help but be retro – they are memory first, sugar-flour-egg-redhot-gumdrop-sparkle reality second.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Living by the ocean as I did when I grew up meant lots of rainy christmases, so for me it’s quite normal 🙂 I only saw it as a problem when I was dressed as the Yule gnome to deliver presents to kids. I was always soaking wet when I reached the homes 🙂 🙂

    The ham is made, now I’ll only have to grill it tomorrow morning and then have the first slices while it still is warm 🙂 I do like it cold but those first slices must always be oven warm 🙂

    50F here right now and it is still rather windy outside but all the wind gets caught by my neighbors cottage and garage so it’s almost totally still in my garden.

    I don’t have netflix but I do hope they’ll release that film on dvd because I want to watch it. Will Smith is always great in funny films but actually quite lousy if they aren’t 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Like you, I remember mostly wet Christmases. Today we are 20˚ warmer than Boston where the sidewalks are almost pure ice.

      I love ham, but my friend doesn’t so we never have it for Christmas. Nothing is tastier than a spiral honey ham. It does make great sandwiches after. I like ham with scalloped potatoes.

      No wind here bu it is s raining on and off.

      Bright is not at all funny but Will Smith was okay.

      Have a great day!

  2. Hedley Says:

    I have been running and gunning. At the Honeybaked Ham store by 7:00 am followed by two more grocery stops all complete by 8:30. I was the picture of domestic endeavor until the Spurs game when the good guys won 3-0 at Burnley. A quiet evening ahead with Mrs MDH and series 2 of The Crown which is thoroughly enjoyable

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I baked cookies then took a nap. When I got up, I started to make my orange cookies, but I realized I forgot to buy sour cream so out we went. Luckily the meat for Christmas was ready at the butcher’s shop so that saves me going tomorrow.

      I have one more cookie to make tonight, and I have to frost my orange cookies. Today was quite productive.

  3. Bob Says:

    Today is sunny with a high of 50 degrees. This forecast is supposed to be good through Monday night. We will not have a white nor a wet Christmas. Tomorrow we have tickets to see the Broadway version of the King and I. Unfortunately, my better half got the flu in spite of taking the flu shot. The rest of us are on Tamaflu to prevent giving it back and forth to each other.

    My mother was very good at hiding our Chanukah gifts until each night. Every night a wrapped gift would appear and we would rip off the wrapping paper to discover the gift. Of course each night we assumed we received a minor gift and the next night’s gift would be the big gift.

    My sister in law sent us a care package of baked goods. She included things like date nut bread and rugila non of which I like. This year she included chocolate fudge which I devoured. If the word chocolate is involved than I’m interested.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We also reached 50˚ today, and even a bit higher. We were 20˚ warmer than Boston where sidewalks and sides of roads are quite icy as they have been below freezing. Rain or snow is due on Monday but it may miss us here on the cape.

      They did say that the flu shot won’t necessarily cover the flu.

      It’s kind of neat to have the gifts spread out instead of getting them in one night. My mother hid many of the presents at the neighbor’s house so no way would we find those.

      That’s quite the coincidence as I send my sister date nut bread and chocolate fudge. The date nut recipe is from my grandmother and the fudge from a long ago neighbor. I do like food traditions and recipes passed down.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Last preparations today for the Christmas celebration tomorrow evening. Against all expectations (no shopping for the next 3 days) both stores here were quite empty and had too much food so they sold it for a low price.
    60°F, no rain and no sun and definitely no snow on Christmas.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I have already made two batches of cookies and have one more to go. I brought out my Christmas dishes and glasses for Christmas Day and will set the table in the morning. I can even get most of the food ready in the morning. Dinner isn’t until 4. We’ll do presents first.

      The clock is running down quickly to the big day.

  5. splendidone Says:

    Happy Holidays to you all! I am looking forward to this bit of family gatherings as my daughter and her partner will be home. It will be the first time Jonathan has met the rest of our family. I have never met anyone so like my husband in temperament. I hope you get a dusting of snow, I really only like snow on Christmas. The month has flown by with me being ill most of it. Shopping was one thing I didn’t miss at all. I wish you all safe and merry celebrations.

    • katry Says:

      splendid,
      No snow is in our forecast. The rest of the state got some but we were fat too warm, 20˚ higher than Boston. We’ll have rain.

      It sounds like you’ll be having a wonderful Christmas. I’m glad you’re well in time for the day.

      Have the best days today and tomorrow!!

      Merry Christmas!!

  6. lilydark Says:

    Happy Holidays Kat,
    Christmas at our house was uneventful– as we celebrated Hanukkah. Usually we had a family dinner, and opened our first present. One year I received an electric red car that I could drive. I think that was my favorite toy I’d ever received. Glad Gracie is doing well.

    For Hanukkah, we saw Country Joe ( without the fish)

    Take care,
    Lori and the crew

    Have a very special Christmas.

  7. katry Says:

    Lori,
    I like the idea of a present a night with the big presents on the last night, but I think I always got more presents under the tree.

    I am amazed that electric cars are older than I thought, especially for kids.I totally understand why that is your favorite toy.

    Thanks! I am home now from visiting a few friends and am tired enough that it will be an early night.

    Love,
    ‘Kat, Gracie and Miss Maddie


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