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Christmastime Is Here!

December 24th, 2013 · 5 Comments


Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!  Each year I find a beautiful photo to share for the holidays. This year I decided to take the time to post our tree.


It’s my favorite time of the year, making cookies, wrapping presents, and singing along with the Christmas carols. You know, all the things that bring a little bit of Christmas cheer.


On December 1st I start playing all the Christmas songs on the Bose much to Patrick’s chagrin!


By the time Christmas day rolls around, he’s had enough of Karen Carpenter singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and I’ll Be Home For Christmas, or the Vince Guaraldi Trio and Al Jarreau singing Christmastime Is Here or Nat King Cole and Aaron Neville crooning The Christmas Song or White Christmas!  Hohoho!


Every year I make Christmas cookies and of course this year is no different – except that rather than making my usual cookies of Walnut Tassies and Swiss Spitzbuben, I decided to make Reine-Claude Kolacky and Mirabelle Rugelach.  Of course I always make my favorite Snowball Cookies.  The same recipe as Russian Tea Cakes/Mexican Wedding Cookies, but snowball cookies sounds better during the holidays!



Not to let me outdo myself this year, Patrick decided he would make Santa something sweet as well.  No not cookies (Patrick said that Santa must be tired of cookies!) so he decided to make Petits Choux and Macarons.


Ah, really?  Cream puffs and macaron for Santa!  Well, why not?  This year Santa has a choice!


Maya Muses: I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with the ones they love.


More than eating, drinking and opening presents, it’s a time for being with family and friends and going to Midnight Mass in the snow to celebrate the birth of Christ.  Patrick and I are lucky to be able to share this Christmas with his mom and dad.  I only wish my mom and family were here as well….maybe next year!  Merry Christmas!

Photo Credits:  Personal Photos

Tags: Food and Wine · Special Moments

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harriet // Dec 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    It’s Christmas Eve and I’m hoping that you will have a Christmas post for us! Anxious to know what Patrick is cooking up in the kitchen. Joyeux Noel!!!!

  • 2 Lynn // Dec 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Merry Christmas, Harriet & Richard! I moved your comment over here. I must have posted several minutes after you wrote it! I’ll post again and talk about all the wonderful seafood we ate! (Lobster, oysters, coquilles Saint-Jacques, shrimp, etc., not to mention smoke salmon!) That was just the start of the evening!

  • 3 Harriet // Dec 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Patrick’s macarons look perfect! Smooth tops and the much sought after “feet”. Can’t wait to hear about all the other food that you had.

    Anson’s Restaurant had a fire the day before Christmas having to cancel all of their Christmas Day reservations. I’ll try to find the article to send you.

  • 4 Lynn // Dec 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the articles, Harriet. Too bad for Anson’s. I haven’t shown the articles to Patrick yet, he got bronchitis the day we returned from Normandy! I’ve been taking care of him (bringing him hot tea with honey, making chicken soup, etc.) He doesn’t get sick very often and you know what kind of patient those kind make! Lol.

  • 5 Harriet // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Hope Patrick is on the mend. Happy New Year to both of you!!!

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