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Gift Ideas for Special Occassions & Holidays

So, there are only few more shopping days remaining until Christmas, and Hanukkah already began, but you are still running around looking for some great gift ideas. Also, your budget is running dry, yet the list is not complete….well you can always complete it with some great homemade gifts, or gifts from the heart.

Here are some ideas:

Dycio Crescents – Cookie Recipe

Another very special cookie recipe for my Christmas cookies selection this year, are the Dycio Crescents. These might look like a lot of work, forming crescents from cookie dough, but soon you will find out how simple these actually are.

These crescents are not very sweet, but light and flaky in texture, and the jam centers make them that much more delightful

Cream Wafers – Cookie Recipe

My next few posts will include the cookie recipes I have introduced to you in my cookie preview post.

I am starting with my most favorite cookies, the Cream Wafers. If you read the ingredients, you might not be able to envision how decadent these really are. They are very light and flaky, resemble a puff pastry, and practically melt in your mouth.

Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus???

Saint Nicholas, was the “gift giver” I was familiar with during my childhood. He had a white beard, was dressed in bishop’s garbs, carried a crozier, and arrived on a white horse. On December 6th, he was visiting well-behaved children, and placing candy and cookies under their pillows. If you were really good, then he would drop off more goodies on Christmas Eve. You also were expected to know your Catechism, in case he decided to quiz you, before leaving you a gift. We recited prayers and songs dedicated to St. Nicholas, instead of leaving him milk and cookies.