Wednesday Hodgepodge the week before Christmas 2012

Here are this week’s questions-

1. How will you spend ‘the night before Christmas’?

We’ll probably be loafing around the house, and Mom will be focused on the preparations for the next day’s dinner.

2.  What is one thing you are not?

I am not over-excited and mostly not over-tired.

3.  Fudge-are you a fan?  Your favorite flavor?

Plain, rich chocolate fudge, yes absolutely. I don’t like too many flavors or additions.

4. Did you attend any craft/vendor fairs in the month of December?  Do you prefer homemade goodies or the more professional stalls? Are you giving any homemade gifts this year?

I went to one in November but haven’t made it to any in December. I like both the homemade and the more professional, as long as it is useful, beautiful, and well-made. Badly or cheaply made does not interest me, I don’t care if it is a cottage industry or a face corporation. Quality counts.

I am giving one homemade gift, because I limit that kind of thing, in order not to be overstressed. The person who makes a whole bunch of handmade gifts is not me, due to all the issues that go with people who don’t necessarily appreciate what you do.

5. What’s your favorite type of holiday gathering?

I like potluck get-togethers with an entertaining gift exchange.

6.  We’re approaching a new year…what’s going to be different in 2013?

I am thinking about my One Little Word for this year. Somehow it just came to me what this year should be about. I’ve never signed up for the class, but this year maybe I will. Either way, I’m going to try to figure out ways to focus on my theme for the year.

7. Share a favorite scripture, quote, saying, or song lyric relating to peace.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – There is no real possibility of that for me, but I always like the hush that falls on the earth when the snow is falling and everyone is at home, curled up safe inside.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Tomorrow I must drive ten hours. I am wondering what the traffic will be like on the I95 corridor.

Ten favorite Christmas cookies

Inspired by Carole knits

  1. Chewy molassas cookies – absolute top favorite that no one else habitually makes. I use the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, which ensures properly chewy cookies.
  2. Hermits – which I like without all the nuts or dried fruit. I like the airyness of the cookie and the light touch of ginger flavor.
  3. Sugar cookies – no icing necessary
  4. Butter cookies – you know the ones found in the Danish tins?
  5. Gingerbread cookies – are you perchance getting a hint that I like the ginger flavor in my cookies.
  6. Snickerdoodles
  7. Chocolate chip is always good, IF they are chewy. (We are now moving into the I like them, but they are not true favorites. I don’t really have TEN favorites.)
  8. Same for double chocolate chip
  9. Sands (I think they are also known as Mexican wedding cookies)
  10. I don’t have another favorite cookie, but I do like the chocolate cookies with the cracked surface and sugar on top. I don’t know what their official name is.

I like cookies better than cake.

Ten favorite holiday songs

Inspired by Carole Knits Ten on a Tuesday


  1. O come, O come, Emmanuelle – I don’t care what time of year it is, the music makes me shiver in a delightful way. It’s the minor key thing.
  2. I wonder as I wander – another minor key song – maybe there’s a theme here?
  3. Carol of the bells – I always adored the silvery sound of the bells
  4. Do you hear what I hear?
  5. Good King Wenceslaus – I always liked the fact that I was able to memorize the lyrics because it told a story
  6. White Christmas – it is just a classic
  7. Blue Christmas – we can’t leave Elvis out of this list
  8. The Christmas Song
  9. Frosty the Snowman – I always liked Frosty better than Rudolph
  10. Coventry Carol – I love the harmonies on this one; plus I just really like medieval music of this type.