Monday, August 14, 2017

Planning Ahead

August is a good month to bake traditional Christmas cookies. Back in the day, butter would have been fresh and especially abundant. Rolled and cut cookies are labor intensive and keep the kids occupied during the anticipatory phase of compulsory education. Pre-emptive baking relieves the nutsness of the holidays. Lebkuchen, pepperkaaker, fruitcake, and bourbon balls all are at their best when aged. A bear vault repels toddlers until they are old enough to work out how to open one.


Unadorned gift wrapping paper is now available by the roll on line, just the thing to occupy idle hands. A neighborhood boutique used to recycle calligraphy practice paper as gift bags. Often, the bag was more interesting than the contents -30-

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