Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Advent Blog Tour - December 12

Hello all! Welcome to day 3 of Marg and Kailana's Advent Blog Tour. I've got an excerpt, a recipe, and a little giftie down at the bottom for you.

A Christmas Carol
First, a little piece of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I have to admit that I don't have much use for Dickens generally, but A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition for me. I read it nearly every year, because it is so lovely and puts me in just the right mood for Christmas. Here is one of my favorite bits, when Scrooge is being haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Present:
But soon the steeples called good people all, to church and chapel, and away they came, flocking through the streets in their best clothes, and with their gayest faces. And at the same time there emerged from scores of bye streets, lanes, and nameless turnings, innumerable people, carrying their dinners to the bakers' shops. The sight of these poor revellers appeared to interest the Spirit very much, for he stood with Scrooge beside him in a baker's doorway, and taking off the covers as their bearers passed, sprinkled incense on their dinners from his torch. And it was a very uncommon kind of torch, for once or twice when there were angry words between some dinner-carriers who had jostled each other, he shed a few drops of water on them from it, and their good humour was restored directly. For they said, it was a shame to quarrel upon Christmas Day. And so it was! God love it, so it was!
"Is there a peculiar flavour in what you sprinkle from your torch?" asked Scrooge.
"There is. My own."
"Would it apply to any kind of dinner on this day?" asked Scrooge.
"To any kindly given. To a poor one most."
"Why to a poor one most?" asked Scrooge.
"Because it needs it most."
I love the idea of a Christmas spirit sprinkling us with happy dust. Because that's what Christmas feels like to me--general warm fuzzies that I cannot wholly explain. Family and good food and presents. Traditions and memories of past happy holidays. A chance to just be jolly to all you meet.

Viennese Snowballs

Every year my mom makes batches and batches of Christmas cookies. My favorites have always been Viennese Snowballs, walnut cookies that are rolled in powdered sugar. They are simple cookies--easy ingredients and easy directions, but so delicious.
1 cup walnuts
1 cup butter, at room temp.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
confectioner's sugar for coating

Preheat oven to 350 F. Pulverize walnuts into a paste in an electric blender. With a wooden spoon or fingers, mix the walnuts, butter, sugar, and flour to a smooth dough. Shape the dough into small balls. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet until lightly browned, about 15-18 minutes. Cool one minute. While still warm, roll the cookies in the confectioner's sugar.

And the Little Giftie
Thanks to the amazing creative efforts of Twin, here is an assortment of gift tags just for you. Click on the image below to download and print out on regular 8 1/2 X 11 paper.


Anonymous said...

How nice! Your sister is very creative. And maybe I'll see if I can get my grandma to make those cookies for me since...*whispers* I don't cook--at all. LOL. :-P

Great post!

-Dance Chica

booklogged said...

What a lovely post. I read Christmas Carol for the first time last year and absolutely loved it. That was a great quote you shared. I'm not much of a cookie baker, but I did print out the recipe because they look and sound soooo tempting. Thanks for the gift tags. Very thoughtful. Have a Merry Christmas!

Marg said...

Great post Jennie! Thanks for joining in on the fun!

mailyn said...

I have to admit that I don't have much use for Dickens generally

Me either! LOL.

Loooove the recipe. So yummy!!!! I need to get mom to do these for me. Oh and your twin is hella cools for doing that. Very very nice cards!!! ^_^

CindyS said...

I'm hoping that I find my recipe in time for my day! I love the different versions of 'Scrooge' - last year on A&E the ghosts showed up at the wrong house so he had to go through the other guys life and it had some comedy which always makes me happy.

Thank you and twin for the gift tags - I think I have sticky paper so I can print them and then stick them to gifts - here's hoping!


Jennie said...

DC--I'm not much of a cook either, though my sister is. I do like to bake occasionally. Mostly because I like to eat cookies right out of the oven! :)

Booklogged-Hello! A Christmas Carol is great, isn't it? ;)

Marg-Thanks for putting together the blog tour--it's really fun!

Mailyn--Yeah, Dickens can be a great big yawn sometimes. ;) You should try the recipe--they're so yummy.

Cindy--My favorite TV adaptation of A Christmas Carol is still Mickey's Christmas Carol!! LOL. We have it on tape and we still watch it every year even though we're all grown up.
The sticky paper is a good idea that I hadn't thought of!

Kirsten said...

Thanks for posting that recipe - those cookies look delicious! Love your review icons by the way :)