'twas the day after christmas

. . . and all through the house,
dishes sat 'round unwashed,
untouched by either spouse.
the presents, unwrapped, could be found here and there,

some used (like d's tetris), some set aside with care.

though snow did not fall and the day was not white
'twas a merry christmas for all, and for us a good night.

i'm not feeling witty enough to write out a re-creation of the full poem, so my abridged version will have to do. it was a different year this year. a grown-up year, you might say. with all six and a half of our nieces and nephews celebrating christmas with other family members, we were completely without child-inspired fun this year. and yet, it was a memorable first christmas as a married couple.

we spent christmas eve day making spritz cookies (david) and pepparkakor dough (me), and attending our church's annual service, which always ends with me tearing up at the sight of our packed-out church filled with candlelight, as each person in attendance holds a candle and sings "silent night". then we had dinner and opened gifts with my parents and aunt and uncle.

christmas day began early -- 5 a.m. to be exact -- as we woke up for our church's julotta service. we sang with a small ensemble and enjoyed a continental breakfast afterward, during which time we congratulated our friends amy and sean, who became engaged christmas eve. yay!

we spent the rest of the day with my parents, who came to our apartment for lunch. we all got a chance to nap during harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban and enjoy a chance to relax and visit.

a few weeks ago i had mentioned to maren that i might post my pepparkakor recipe, but it never happened. sorry about that, mar! i'm posting it now, along with our spritz recipe. enjoy!

swedish pepparkakor

1/2 pound butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon clear corn syrup
2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 T. hot water
1 large egg

sift together:
3 1/4 cup flour
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves

mix ingredients with electric mixer in order given. refrigerate overnight. roll out VERY thing and bake in 350-degree oven until lightly brown (3-5 minutes).

spritz cookies

1 cup shortening or butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg

sift together:
2 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lemon extract

cream butter, adding sugar gradually. add unbeaten egg, sifted dry ingredients, and flavoring. mix well.

fill cookie press half full. form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.

bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown.

cookies can be decorated with sugar sprinkles or frosting and red hots (a la the wreaths at the left).

merry christmas and happy new year!


simplicity said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe for pepperkrakor, I'm excited to try that when I've got some extra time because I truly love that. I had hoped toget to Ikea before Christmas to get some.

mar said...

yay! more recipes & a fantastic 1st christmas!
i spent 12 hours trapped at the in-laws on christmas day. there was good (food & wii super mario party) & bad (yelling from all 6 family members at one point)
i love spritz cookies, never seen them as wreaths. i'll have to try out these recipes soon, even though the season's passed. thanks!

elm said...

hey AMO-
your (abridged) poem is adorable - maybe next year you can add another verse to it, Lord willing! sounds like your 1st Married Christmas was a very sweet, focused one. i like that. i'll try to get some photos of my Christmas experience up in the next few days.
much love!!!