merry merry to all!

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."  ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Happy Winter and Happy Holidays!


Most everything on my to-do list is now done:

Wrap and ship gifts.
Put up Christmas tree and other decorations.
Hang outside wreaths.
Hang stockings.
Mail holiday cards.
Bake cookies! 
Plan and shop for Christmas dinner.
Sweep chimney for Santa’s arrival.
Make peanut butter and seed pine cones for birds.
Practice favorite carols on the piano.

I still have a little more baking to do. The resident bears want to make Gingerbread Teddies (sounds a little cannibalistic to me). Though I love eating them, it’s quite a job chasing those little fellers down after they come out of the oven (read more about them here). And Len has requested date bars, a favorite tried and true recipe from Hawai’i that always elicits eye rolling and enthusiastic "mmmmmmmmmmm’s" (in two part harmony, of course).


We went to see the Vienna Boys’ Choir the other night. I always crave live choral music during the holidays. It reminds me of playing piano for the choir back home (my dad sang bass), the time we sat in Westminster Abbey right next to their boys’ choir, and our first Christmas in Virginia, when Len and I attended a candelight service at a small church in Colonial Williamsburg. 

There are 100 choristers (ages 10-14) in the VBC, divided into four touring choirs (Hadyn, Schubert, Bruckner, and Mozart). We heard the Schubert Choir, 25 adorable boys in spiffy white sailor uniforms with earnest faces and angelic voices, who sang classical compositions, Austrian folk songs, and several familiar carols. As I sat listening to those pure, soaring notes filling the theatre on a cold winter’s night, I remembered our trip to Vienna (beautiful coffee houses and pastries), and thought it might be nice to adopt (or rent) a choir boy for the holidays. He could sing in the kitchen and we’d reward him with an abundance of cookies. I guess I must have a thing for choir boys since I married one. ☺

We gave Fuzzy the Fox some pizza and chicken last night, and he proceeded to clean out his den so he could store the food in his woodland larder. We love our wild animal pets, especially the tidy ones. The deer have been nibbling on pumpkin seeds leftover from Thanksgiving, and the squirrels are happy with the almonds and bread I toss out the kitchen door.


This will be my last post of 2010, and I want to thank you, dear blog friends, for visiting, reading, noshing on virtual food with us and commenting. There would be no alphabet soup without you.

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, I wish you a beautiful and delicious holiday, and PeaceJoy, and Love in the New Year. I will be back the first week of January with a brand new menu of tasty children’s books and lots of food for thought. Of course we’ll save your place at the table here, and look forward to catching up with your news then.


I leave you with the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Is there anything sweeter than a child’s voice raised in song?

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"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!"  ~ Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

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