Christmas Giving – Making the Most with Little Money


Our little "Charlie Brown" Christmas Tree out front.
Our little "Charlie Brown" Christmas Tree out front.

I Love CHRISTMAS!  It’s probably the one time a year I go overboard.  With decorating, the Christmas Tree and baking cookies, I put in a lot of labor to make my house look like it belongs to Mrs. Claus, but it’s too much fun and makes me feel happy.  I’ve noticed that as I have gotten older, I have come to understand what Christmas really means.  When I was younger, it was all about the presents and what was Santa going to bring me.  Now, I’ve come to realize that it means much more.

While our world has gone to extreme materialism with Stores guilting you into buying this and that for your family, many of us don’t realize that it’s the thought of giving a small token of love to those around us to let them know we are thinking about them, that’s the principle idea of the holiday.  Really, Christmas is about Love, nothing more, nothing less.  But for much of the country, it is hard to give anything, as we don’t have anything to give, and giving a token of love may not be possible.  This year, I spent three days baking an assortment of cookies.  Many of the recipes came from my grandmother’s cookbook.  (She passed away about two years ago).  I have tins piled high on the counters filled with the sweet treasures, and when people come to the house I give them one with a hardy “MERRY CHRISTMAS!”  I think my mailman was quite delighted with the tin of Chocolate Chip Cookies he got yesterday.

So with another hardy “MERRY CHRISTMAS!”  I’m passing on some of the treasured recipes from Granny, in hopes someone else may enjoy baking some Christmas gifts, and this is, in some way, my gift of love to you, the reader.  Hey Happy Holidays!


1 cup of shortening

1 1/2 cups of sugar

2 eggs

Stir in:

2 3/4 cups of flour

2 teaspoon cream of tartar (contary to what my boyfriend believes, this is not what goes on fish)

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Chill: roll in balls walnut size. Roll in mixture of 2 tablespoon sugar and 2 teaspoon cinnamon.  Bake in 400 degrees oven 8 to 10 minutes.


Sand Tarts:

1 cup of butter

3 heaping tablespoons powdered sugar

1/2 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of pecan nuts, finely chopped

1 3/4  to 2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon water (optional)

Cream butter and sugar together.  Add vanilla, water and four.  Add nuts.  Roll 1 teaspoon of dough in hand to form shape of half moon or peanut.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.  When done, roll in powdered sugar.



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