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Tis A Few Weeks Til Christmas

So I heard on the radio this morning that we have 19 shopping days left until Christmas!! How did this happen?? The year slipped past while I was not watching. I had a, shall we say, challenging year, and have just started to feel pretty much completely normal again, but it does seem to me like it ought to just be time for Halloween. Not Christmas.

But Christmas will come whether we expect it or not. So how have I been getting ready for it? Well, I have to finish two books and a novella by the end of February (one of those books right after Christmas!) so that is the main way I am spending my holiday. Isn’t the Christmas spirit all about yelling at uncooperative characters and beating one’s head against the desk? Luckily there is online shopping for gifts, and also looking at Cake Wrecks and Go Fug Yourself.

I will get out some of my favorite holiday movies to watch (like Love Actually), decorate the tree, burn my new Marshmallow Peppermint and Dark Mint Chocolate candles from Bath & Body Works, and look at my pretty new party dress. I am also going to see The Nutcracker this weekend (haven’t been in years, so I am very excited!)–I love to see the little girls in their velvet dresses, so excited to be at their first ballet. I will get out some of my Christmas anthologies and re-read some novellas. And on Christmas Eve, there will be my family and my dad’s “famous” margaritas, guaranteed to make even the most frazzled writer feel much, much better…

Last weekend my mother and I made Christmas candy to give as gifts, which is time-consuming (and I usually end up sugar-sick) but is totally worth it. It reminds me of holidays when I was a little kid and would sit in the kitchen watching my grandmother do her holiday baking (she would let me stir the bowls and eat the samples). This Christmas especially I am grateful to be here and spending time with people I love, doing things I love. And that includes writing, which I love even when I hate it. 🙂

Here is one of the candy recipes we make. It could not be easier, and it’s very yummy:

Christmas Bonbons
1 stick butter
2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 can Angel Flake coconut
Tsp vanilla Chopped pecans
Chopped maraschino cherries

Mix these up, refrigerate until chilled. Then form into little balls.

1/4 pound paraffin
Large package chocolate chips (I use dark!)

Melt in double broiler, and dip coconut balls in. Let them harden, and you’re done! (The pecans and cherries are optional–you can really use anything that sounds yummy to you)

What are you doing to get ready for the holidays? What are you grateful for this winter season?? And what movies do you always get out to watch this time of year?

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Amy Valentini
10 years ago

Thanks so much for the recipe for Bon-Bons, sounds great. Christmas is sneaking up fast on me, too. Got the tree up this weekend but still have lots to do, decos, baking, SHOPPING! I hate the shopping part. Wish I could snap my fingers and it all be there like Santa does. LOVE ACTUALLY is our Christmas Eve or Christmas Day traditon but we usually watch NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION a few days before so that our own Christmas mishaps don’t seem so bad. As for being grateful, I’m just grateful we’re all surviving. God Bless. : )

Diane Gaston
10 years ago

I’m proud that we got our outdoor lights up last weekend. It took all day and not because we had a lot, but because we put them up wrong, took them down again, put them up again and THEN realized that the garland around the door didn’t light up. Took it down and went to Home Depot…

But I did catch It’s A Wonderful Life from the very beginning!!! Cried again.

Jay
Jay
10 years ago

I am making a family recipe for fudge, looking at the beautiful decorations, listening to music, and watching 25 days of Christmas. I am looking forward to reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with my kids on Christmas eve.

Elena Greene
10 years ago

Those bon-bons sound great!

I’m busy being a music mom as my girls are getting ready for orchestra concerts, their teacher’s “violin party” (much more fun than a recital–they play classical music, Scottish fiddle tunes and Christmas carols), and a gig at church.

I’m also doing a ton of cookie baking, because I love how it makes the house smell (and eating them, too).

I think my all-time favorite Christmas movie is the original half-hour animated Grinch. I’m also into Olive the Other Reindeer. Goofy and cute.

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

LOL Diane! That sounds a lot like things that tend to happen around here at Christmas time too 🙂

Jane George
10 years ago

Mmm, sounds like a luscious recipe, and that’s so great that you carry on the kitchen tradition with your mom.

This is very corny, but I always watch The Santa Clause. I love how the North Pole is imagined in that movie. And as a bonus, you get to see Bernard the elf before he was a math whiz.

librarypat
librarypat
10 years ago

We will be out of town the week before Christmas this year, so I am not doing much baking. I no longer work, so most of the cookie exchanging I did isn’t happening. My husband is on sick leave for the next month or so and I’m not sure if he is going to want me to send in what I usually do to work. I really miss all the baking. Will probably still do gingerbread cookies and some pies.

We watch all the Christmas movies on TV. I make sure to pull out our DVDs of WHITE CHRISTMAS and THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Thanks for the recipe. Just tried to print it out, but no ink. Someone is trying to keep me on my diet.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

Paraffin? Really? It’s edible?

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