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It’s Christmas Week – Monday Missive

It’s hard to believe Christmas is almost here.  It is also hard to believe that we have been in some sort of lockdown/quarantine/isolation for nine months. Let’s get started

  • Today the plan is to make cookies and holiday snacks. Tomorrow we deliver Christmas gifts to two of our grandchildren (socially distanced and masked) so an assortment of cookies seems like a good thing to share with them.
  • I read this morning that author Louise Penny is stranded in the U.K. since Canada, like many other countries, has halted flights coming from the U.K. Our dear friends cancelled their trip to the U.K. to visit family and they are of course very sad. It will be a holiday for the history books.
  • Our youngest granddaughter is 3 years old and she has kept us entertained via little videos throughout the month of December. What a perfect age to enjoy the magic of Christmas. It has been a lift for me.
  • I have been reading the CNN report about the assassination attempt on the life of Alexey Navalny. It reads like an old fashioned spy novel.
  • Meanwhile back in the U.S., the idea of ‘martial law’ is being bantered about. You just cannot make this stuff up. It feels like a bit of an alternate universe these days.
  • We have been enjoying several Christmas movies – all lighthearted and fun. We watched The Santa Clause (1 and 2), Home Alone, The Christmas Chronicles, and Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. It’s a nice way to lift the spirits.
  • Hubby spent the day yesterday making vegetable stock and today he magically turns it into vegetable soup. Yum! I made two batches of chicken noodle soup from a rotisserie chicken I bought at Costco. We are big soup fans.
  • I was thinking about cookies and realized I don’t make many of the cookies of my youth – Mexican Wedding Cookies, peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies, gingersnaps, sugar cookies, and boiled chocolate oatmeal cookies were all staples growing up. Now I am more likely to make chocolate chip, blonde brownies, and snickerdoodles. Hmmm. I used to make mincemeat cookies, too, but I was the only one who ate them.
  • This evening I will also start gift wrapping. Only the presents necessary for delivery tomorrow.
  • We still have not decided what we are fixing for our Christmas meal. Our high on Christmas day is predicted to be 38° F – that’s chilly for any outdoor cooking!

That’s it for me. On to have a late breakfast and get the cookie baking underway! I hope you have a peaceful and safe week – no matter what holiday you celebrate.

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19 thoughts on “It’s Christmas Week – Monday Missive”

  1. You sound very organized and you know what you are daily.
    Here we are in tier 4 so as good as in lock down. Like you we will be on our own.
    It very worrying as our middle son has covid and is not very well at the moment. Sadly he lives on his own so we and his brothers are keeping him monitored via what’sapp and phone. It a strange time!
    Trying not to watch the news, the French have shut their boarders to us! Lorries are backed up at ports and motor ways! Just waiting on for panic buying again! 💜💜

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    1. Oh, Willow, I am so sorry to hear that your son is ill with Covid. He will be in my prayers. These are strange times indeed. It gets more difficult to just hang in there. Take care, my friend.

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  2. Our presents were wrapped a while ago. I have just returned from the supermarket with the last of the food and drink required until next Monday. The deposit has been paid on the restaurant meal for the 25th, and it is still able to open as we are in a very low restriction area.
    Roll on the 27th! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. My stepfather, God rest his soul, would be out in subzero temperatures and snow cooking the turkey on the Weber grill on Christmas and Thanksgiving. In his shirtsleeves. And it was great!

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  4. Today I decided to make the butter cookies that traditionally my daughter and I made on Christmas. Turned out that it made me really sad to do them alone. Also, I realized that I had given most of my cookie cutters and decorations to her!@ ohhh my! So, I made the two shapes I had and used a glass to cut out simple circle cookies! Not really pretty, but unfortunately for my waistline they are REALLY yummy. So, I am drowning my sorrow in butter cookies! Lol. Your recipe choices sound wonderful! As for the plight of the political situation, my sugar high is keeping my worries at bay for now! Lol….

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