Even with COVID, we are making merry over here. This past weekend we . . .
Made cookies and candy. Spritz, pictured here, but also ginger cookies and lemon crinkles, peanut butter balls and toffee. Usually I’d be doing this with Doreen but we decided that wasn’t a good idea so I made cookies on my own. Funny thing, it went faster . . . but it wasn’t nearly as fun.
On Saturday night we watched A Christmas Carol, the version with George C. Scott. It’s our favorite and we always save it to watch right before Christmas. This year we got sushi and I dubbed the evening Sushi & Scrooge. I hope this is a tradition that will stick.
And on Sunday we made krumkake, a new tradition for us. I invested in a krumkake iron a couple of weeks ago, thinking it would be a good way to spend some pandemic time together. I was right! While it took longer than I anticipated, Dale stood at the stove with that krumkake iron until all those cookies were done. They are light and crispy and pretty tasty!
It feels good to do some of these traditional things, even as we’re missing looking forward to our annual Christmas Eve Open House. In the interest of full disclosure, I will say I’m not missing (at all) the thought of making 8 lbs of Swedish meatballs . . . or any of the other food, really . . . but I am missing the thought of the people we love most gathered in our home to celebrate, singing and laughing, eating, and drinking, exchanging gifts and hugs, and just being together.
Some day that will happen again but in the meantime I am embracing this season of quiet and peace and reflection.