If you are this far along with your Holiday plans it’s time to sit by the fire with a glass of “real” eggnog, a slice of the fruitcake, I gave you the recipe for last week, or some of the cookies that I am featuring at the end of this post, and a Christmas Story or two….here are some thoughts for you and, of course, for gifts.
A couple of new ones this year by two of my favorite authors who by the way, have new books coming out early 2018…can’t wait!!
This is a charming mystery with one of my most favorite detectives, Charles Lenox. He is almost my favorite but I’m afraid Armand Gamache still has the biggest part of my heart!!! But I must say Charles Lenox is very close….You can get this on your Kindle for a major bargain. An easy read and one I know you will enjoy….the mystery had me guessing until the end but not so Lenox, the smartie!!
I am crazy for all of Rhys Bowen’s stories and have followed Molly Murphy since the series began. Yet another mystery but set in the US, you know I am a bit partial to an English mystery as you shall see. Read for your pleasure and give as a party gift or a perfect grab bag present.
A charming bit of fluff and why not. If you are addicted to all the Christmas films on The Hallmark Channels…this is for you. I’m more a White Christmas (I cry every year!), kind of gal!
Of course, a couple of Christie’s in the mix…definitely in the English spirit of the Holidays and a bit of murder thrown in, oh my!
A beautiful vintage A Christmas Carol, nothing more classic and again a perfect gift…I’m mad for this hand tooled leather volume.
New this year and the basis for the film in theaters now…looks fabulous and both are on my to-do list before the end of the year. And, of course, an annual must-see is the Goodman Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol, I never miss it. It runs through December 31st.
And speaking of a must-see have you gotten yourself and everyone you know to The Joffrey Ballet’s exquisite version, you have until December 30….hurry, you don’t want to miss it, if you have gone I suggest you go again the details are so intricate you need to see it more than once, that is a given! How about a doubleheader with both The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, treat yourself to a couple of days in our beautiful City with a stay at one of my favorite hotels, The Peninsula, The Ritz Carlton or any one of our fabulous boutique hotels with a special dinner….it is the holidays after all! So much to do and it is already the middle of December, oh dear!
A charmingly nostalgic short story made into a vintage 1966 TV piece, you can watch on YouTube, with Geraldine Page. Capote narrates it. Talk about a tearjerker!!!! It is my chum Tom Mantel’s favorite and The Toms and I watch it every year while doing our holiday marathon baking weekend. The strangest thing happened last week, I was going to bed and turned on WFMT-FM, my favorite station, and heard a familiar voice, no it wasn’t one of the hosts, it was Truman Capote reading A Christmas Memory, karma, I think so!
A beautifully written book and one I read every Christmas Eve when I was commuting from Evanston to work, I still read it every Christmas Eve day.
A lovely book on the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah which begins on December 13th.
These are just a few of the Holiday books that are available, each of your Independent Booksellers have tables full of more suggestions, not to mention all the cookbooks, children’s books and on and on and………..As you are well aware nothing pleases me more than a book at any time of the year. Enjoy!
This charming scene is actually a pop-up book, well not really it is a record album cover in The Tom’s magnificently decorated home. I took this photo all others are from Pinterest photo credits unknown.
Remember the last Randolph Street Market is Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17. You will be able to complete your Christmas list, enjoy a glass or two of spirits along with some goodies. A perfect place to fill those holes in your list or grab last minute items for stocking stuffing (Mom and I always got special goodies in the toes of our stockings, no coal for us…thanks, Daddy!), grab bags or to take to those many holiday parties on your horizon.
I’m leaving you with one of my most favorite cookie recipes that I have made since I could stand on a chair and help with the baking (and cooking), so for a verrrrrry long time. I don’t remember if I shared it with you last year, I think not, but in any case, worth having in your recipe box. The cookies just get better with age in their cookie tin. You won’t be able to eat only one!
From Nena’s Recipe Box
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
Heat oven to 400º. Mix thoroughly butter, sugar, and vanilla. Work in flour, salt, and nuts until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until set but not brown. Watch carefully so as not to burn. While warm, roll in addition confectioners’ sugar. Cool and roll in sugar again. I use quite a bit of sugar. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies. (I can eat all 4 dozen in one seating, don’t but can!!!)