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Traditional Peanut Butter Cookies via Instagram

December 12th, 2019 No comments

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Traditional Peanut Butter Cookies

Traditional Peanut Butter Cookies via Instagram

One more batch to bake for this year’s Christmas Cookie Party. Then it’s a full focus on organizing and clean up.

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Christmas Past – 12 in a series – A visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore (1864)

December 12th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 12 in a series – A visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore (1864)

Christmas Past - 12 in a series - A visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore (1864)

Cover also serves as title page. No page numbers. Book is extremely fragile and most pages are loose-leaf. Text and pictures are printed to page edges.

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Christmas Past – 11 in a series – Farmer’s Wife 1927-12 by Annie Benson Müller

December 11th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 11 in a series – Farmer’s Wife 1927-12 by Annie Benson Müller

Christmas Past - 11 in a series - Farmer's Wife 1927-12 by Annie Benson Müller



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M&M Cookies via Instagram

December 10th, 2019 No comments

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M&M Cookies

M&M Cookies via Instagram

Annual cookie party this weekend. I think this is the 10th variety I have made so far. Still have a couple more to go.

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My #Kitchenaid Workhorse via Instagram

December 10th, 2019 No comments

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My #Kitchenaid Workhorse

My #Kitchenaid Workhorse via Instagram

This has been getting a lot of use this week as I prepare for my annual Christmas cookie party. I’m up to about 50 dozen cookies at this point with about another 20 dozen to go. This mixer makes everything easier and faster — an important point when you are making so much in a short time.

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Christmas Past – 10 in a series – Scrooge (1935)

December 10th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 10 in a series – Scrooge (1935)

Christmas Past - 10 in a series - A Christmas Carol (1935)

Scrooge is a 1935 British fantasy film directed by Henry Edwards and starring Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop and Robert Cochran. Hicks appears as Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser who hates Christmas. It was the first sound version of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, not counting a 1928 short subject that now appears to be lost. Hicks had previously played the role of Scrooge on the stage many times beginning in 1901, and again in a 1913 British silent film version.

Scrooge 1935

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Christmas Past – 9 in a series – Vintage Christmas Cards from the New York Public Library Digital Collections

December 9th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 9 in a series – Vintage Christmas Cards from the New York Public Library Digital Collections

Christmas Past - 9 in a series - Vintage Christmas Cards from the New York Public Library Digital Collections

Christmas Past - 9 in a series - Vintage Christmas Cards from the New York Public Library Digital Collections

Christmas Past - 9 in a series - Vintage Christmas Cards from the New York Public Library Digital Collections

The very first Christmas cards were designed by Englishman John Callcott Horsley in 1843 at the behest of his friend, Sir Henry Cole. The seasonal mailers depicted a family sitting together at a table, with two images of them doing good deeds on either side. Of the 1000 that were printed, only a dozen have survived to this day. We’ve come a long way since then, and while cards with bells, whistles, tinsel, audio, and lights certainly have their place, it’s also nice to look back at what came before.

In that spirit, here are 50 delightfully retro cards from the New York Public Library’s digital archives. Believe it or not, they have many, many more, which you should check out here. We promise it will make your season bright. — Mental Floss



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Our Christmas Poinsettia via Instagram

December 9th, 2019 No comments

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Our Christmas Poinsettia

Our Christmas Poinsettia via Instagram

This is a #poinsettia from last Christmas and @drrosannewelch has done a great job of shepherding it through the year. It just started turning red just in time for #christmas.

I think the secret is to not over water it during the summer months. It is a southwestern plant and used to dry spells until the winter rains come.

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Christmas Past – 8 in a series – A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote [Video]

December 8th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 8 in a series – A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote [Video]

This is one of Rosanne’s favorite stories and favorite production of the story from 1966.

“A Christmas Memory” is a short story by Truman Capote. Originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December 1956, it was reprinted in The Selected Writings of Truman Capote in 1963. It was issued in a stand-alone hardcover edition by Random House in 1966, and it has been published in many editions and anthologies since.

The largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930s, describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss.

Now a holiday classic, “A Christmas Memory” has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions. — Wikipedia

A Christmas Memory at the Los Angeles Public Library

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Christmas Past – 7 in a series – Woman’s Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney

December 7th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 7 in a series – Woman’s Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney

Christmas Past - 7 in a series - Woman's Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney



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