Gifts of the Season

One of the pleasures of the approach to Christmas is the dinners and small gatherings, the pleasure of making time to enjoy other people. And there are also unexpected gifts, maple syrup from a friend’s hometown or homemade candies or cookies. I had dinner with my friend Paul late this week and he presented me with sugar cookies. He seemed nervous about them, the process of making them and frosting them, and hoped that I would like them. As with most of Paul’s efforts, I was amazed when I opened the box. Who would not think these were perfect?

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They taste good, too. I’ve had to put them in an airtight container so I can eat them at my leisure. I suppose we all have doubts about whether our various gifts are good enough, but based on the gifts I get, people should stop worrying. Best wishes.

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46 Responses to Gifts of the Season

  1. cindy knoke says:

    LOVE sugar cookies!

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, yum, they look delicious! Feasting is one of the best parts of Christmas! πŸ™‚

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  3. reocochran says:

    I am a big fan of thinner sugar cookies which are crisp and delicious. My friend likes to make chewy abd thicker sugar cookies. I figures out why the thin ones are my favorite~ more frosting and less cookie per bite. I love that your male friend made these pretty and tasty cookies. I would be charmed and happy with any gifts given.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      When I was a child, a neighbor made these amazing, thin, crisp cookies every year, sprinkled with colored sugar. They were beautiful and delicious! I like them to have a bit of crunch, but some people like soft cookies. I can understand the appeal of thin cookie and more frosting!

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  4. I would certainly think they are perfect….delicately beautiful, and probably taste good too! our British friends call them biscuits, which probably comes from the French “biscuits” which probably comes from Italian “biscotti,” which means “twice cooked” or “twice baked” like the German “zweiback”…..nice crisp COOKIES!!! There’s probably no other time of year when so many people bake, give and eat COOKIES!!!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I don’t bake the way I used to because soooo many people are watching their diets. But I did promise to make shortbread after I get back from my Christmas trip! I do wonder how our language diverged in such a way that biscuit can mean something so different in different parts of the English speaking world.

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  5. Love the biscuits! (aka cookies as Cynthia pointed out!) In the States When I was there you could get a “biscuit” at Taco Bell and it would look like a scone!

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  6. They must be quite different. I couldn’t think of anything worse than molasses on them. It would be like eating ham with ice cream!

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  7. Perfection is unattainable for the creator; and so welcomed by the reciever

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  8. Such little works of art, you have to indeed enjoy them and eat at your leisure but….I am affraid a delicous delight like these would be snarfled up in no time by me ;0) Hail Paul! Xo Johanna

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  9. jennypellett says:

    Best wishes to you. I think a gift that has been made by the giver shows thought and time taken for the person receiving. I think Paul’s biscuits look great – what a perfect thing to bring pre Christmas. Have a good one Lisa πŸŽ…

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  10. Sylvie G says:

    Paul should not have been nervous about his “biscuits”. They look great ! There is nothing like a home made gift (didn’t we use to say “it is the thought that counts”)

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  11. KerryCan says:

    That’s a very sweet story, about Paul being nervous. I do think we put a part of ourselves on the line when we give a handmade gift! The cookies are beautiful!

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  12. I can relate to Paul’s fears. I think Kerry says it best: when we put ourselves into something we’ve made, any dislike or rejection is more a reflection on us.

    They look so pretty. I’m glad they’re tasty too.

    I on the other hand live with two teenage boys. Even marginal, Pillsbury pre-formed cookies are gone in a snap.

    Merry Christmas, Lisa!!!!

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  13. LB says:

    What a gift Paul gave to you. Beautiful, tasty, AND the gift of his time and talent, shared with you.

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  14. Karen says:

    Homemade treats are such special gifts and the cookies your friend made were lovely. Merry Christmas.

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  15. arlingwoman says:

    Thanks Karen! Merry Christmas to you,too!

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  16. Boomdeeadda says:

    Happy Holidays Lisa ! I hope you enjoyed. I’d say those cookies were very well made. Rolled out, cut, baked and iced? Way nice! Bravo Paul.

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  17. Beachbums1 says:

    Those cookies Paul baked and decorated look amazing. I love getting homemade cookies as gifts…

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