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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Ginger Cutouts on a Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the abode
Only one creature was stirring & she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
while visions of Nintendo & Barbie flipped through their heads.

Yes, and dad was snoring in front of the TV,
with a half constructed bicycle propped on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
which made her sigh, "Now what is the matter?"

With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes & soot, which fell with a shrug,
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."

"Ho Ho Ho!" cried Santa, I'm glad you're awake."
"your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "So, I've made you a clone."

"A clone?" she muttered, "What good is that?"
"Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit chat."
Then out walked the clone - The mother's twin,
Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.

"She'll cook, she'll dust, she'll mop every mess.
You'll relax, take it easy, watch TV and rest.
"Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream has come true!"
"I'll shop, I'll read, I'll sleep a night through!"

From the room above, the youngest did fret.
"Mommy?! Come quickly, I'm scared and I'm wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She sure knows her part."

The clone changed the child and hummed her a tune,
as she bundled the small one in a blanket cocoon.
"You're the best mommy ever. I really love you."
The clone smiled and sighed, "And I love you too."

The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal.
That's my child's LOVE she is going to steal."
Smiling wisely, Santa said: "To me it is clear,
Only one loving mother is needed here."

The mom kissed her child and tucked her in bed.
"Thank You, Santa, for clearing my head.
Sometimes I forget, it won't be very long,
before they'll be too old for my cradle and song."

The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side, Santa said: "Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, dear Mom, you'll be all right."

Sometimes we need reminding of what life is all about.
Especially at times when the Holiday season shouts,
and all we do is clean, bake, and procure.
You get the picture -- I'm sure.

So stop for a moment and hug that little one so dear,
whether he/she is 2 or 22, or even older this year.
For they are the gift that God gave us from Heaven above,
and what a special gift to be treasured, with endless LOVE!
~Author Unknown

Merry Christmas Everyone! May your holiday be truly blessed, and filled with an abundance of love and joy. Catch you on the flip side!

*Old Fashioned Ginger Cut Outs*
Printable Recipe

These deliciously crisp and spicy cookies are a wonderful addition to any holiday tray.

8 TBS softened butter
1/2 cup packed light soft brown sugar (95g)
1/2 cup molasses (120ml, can use equal measures of golden and dark treacle)
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (350g)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamon

Pre-heat the oven to 160*C/350*F. Cream together butter and sugar. Then beat in the molasses and egg.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add to the creamed mixture and mix until well blended. Put into a plastic bag and refrigerate for one hour.

Roll out onto a lightly floured surface, 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 3 inch squares or use your choice of cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place on baking sheets and bake for 7 to 9 minutes until set and lightly browned. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

To Decorate: 

2 cups icing sugar (260g)
3 to 4 TBS water or milk
Food colouring (if desires)
assorted small candy sprinkles, edible glitter and or decorator sugar
Whisk the icing sugar and enough water or milk together to give you a thick, but easily spreadable glaze. You can tint it different colours, using food colouring. For a neat finish dip the cookies into it on the flat and then lift them straight up allowing any excess to drip off. You can spoon it on as well, but it won't give you as neat a finish. (My stars were dipped, my men were drizzled.)

Over in The Cottage today, some delicious White Chocolate and Cherry Fudge.


  1. A nice reminder, Marie. The year's do fly by. I was thinking something similar this evening and planned a special time with my goddaughter when she is visiting New York next weekend. It's so easy to get caught up in chores.

    Wishes to you for a very bright and blessed Christmas!

  2. Lovely. Merry Christmas, Marie.

  3. Merry Christmas, Marie! A funny and wise poem, indeed.

  4. Merry christmas Marie, I'm up early, just set the potato rolls to rise, its almost 6 am, I'm drinking my tea visitng your blog
    Merry Merry Christmas to you, you mean so very much to me, you are shining star you are.


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