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I was one of five children, and there wasn't a lot of "alone" time with my parents.  As a result, sharing on a one-to-one basis with my "adult" relatives had special importance for me.  This story is one of my fondest recollections from my grade school years.   

Christmas Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas memories from my childhood was the visit to my great Aunt Hazel's house to make Christmas Cookies.  

Aunt Hazel

Now Aunt Hazel was an orderly, efficient woman, and although her kitchen was tiny, she was determined to make 30 dozen cookies in one afternoon.  

The first batch was already in her white ceramic Hotpoint oven when I arrived, and the heat and glorious smell radiated through her apartment.  Bing Crosby sang from the small brown Motorola radio on the shelf above the counter as we mixed the ingredients, rolled, dropped, squeezed, and cut the dough.

When the cookies were taken from the oven, every possible surface was used to cool them.  Steamed windows were opened to hasten the process.  Sheer white curtains billowed in the cold breeze and snowflakes fell sparkling for a brief moment on the dark floral carpet.  

My favorite part was adding the decorations.  We rolled some in soft powdered sugar and some were covered with frosting (I got to lick the bowl).  Others were sprinkled with colored sugar.  Silver balls or red candies were added.  

Aunt Hazel had bowls filled with walnuts, dates, pecans, chocolate bits, butterscotch pieces, raisins, colored frostings and of course I would simple each of them.  My taste buds were in Heaven. 

Anne, 5 years old

Five hours later, 15 white boxes of cookies complete with red ribbons and bows were sitting on the kitchen table.  

Warm hugs were shared, and I skipped out the door to sit on the cold cement steps to wait for my mother and my ride home.  

I didn't feel the chilly cold as the warmth of my own box of cookies was slowly creeping into my heart.  I was now ready to go home for Christmas.


 

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