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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Okay! i started a few threads maybe redo them but what the heck ill start a new one.

Most of you will be having a great xmas, sharing it with your loved ones, opening fabulous presents and eating yummy delicious things.

Christmas 2002 i shared with my bestfriends family, it was so different from what i have at home. They had loads of food and relatives and it felt so good to be there. EVEN if i didnt get any presents.
My mother never makes a big lot of food. It makes me think that we dont celebrate it.
This christmas might be the last christmas with my parents and i would like to make the most of it.
I am making a Christmas book that will be handy for the future.
I dont want xmas too be just about presents and money, i want it to be quality time with family.
Some of you had posted Great Recipes before the site went down
and some of you posted Great hand made gifts for friends.
If you like you can write your ideas and recipes in this thread. So we can share it with everybody if not send me some recipes by email please
my email address is princess_fwan@hotmail.com
Just write your username with it so i know who you are
Thanx guys
post #2 of 15
I have a weird hobby. When I have "nothing better to do", I look for sites that offer free gifs. During TCS's downtime, I managed to double my collection of "Happy Birthday" gifs, so at the moment I have more than enough for 2 months stored. I'm going to try to use them systematically. If anybody wants to copy the images I've stored, they can do so without a guilty conscience, because of the sources. I also have a number of Christmas/New Year's gifs stored with Photobucket, so feel free to copy. I'll try to include new ones in my signature every week.
post #3 of 15
I sewed the christmas stockings that we're using this year, and I am going to make christmas cookies this year, Croatian and German ones, and perhaps some burma, which is in season theoretically... my mum taught me to make Spritz cookies and ones that are made out of sugar and then you make a sandwich with marmalade, and coat 'em in powdered sugar and oh a dozen other varieties.

Since she's in croatia to but my gramma to rest, my mum isn't making them this year.. So I will.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
hmm my friends mother made this delicious i dont know what they were but i presume bikkies or so.
They were nutty and had jam inside them then they were dusted with powder sugar.
Does it sound familiar to you?
His mother is macedonian and his father is czech republic.
If anyone knows of this recipe please send it to me!! i am dying to eat it again!! hehe
post #5 of 15
alright, I'll have to look it up in my mums book... it should be in grams, though, have you a baking scale?
post #6 of 15
I try to make Stohlen at Christmas (it's a German Christmas bread). Last year my SS and I made a gingerbread house. This year I bought some cookie mixes so we can bake something, but we're not doing much because we're moving on Dec. 23rd. If anyone has a recipe for Springerle (I think that's spelled right) I'd love to have it.
post #7 of 15
Since they all sort of tie together?

My family has a cool Christmas tradition involving food.

Well, actually its year long, but culminates at Christmas.

It started about 40 years ago, when my grandma and great aunts got married. They lived near their mother, My great grandma Detweiler, so every Thursday, my grandma and her two sisters would go to Great Grandma's and they would have lunch and bake pies to take home. They had kids, my grandma and Aunt Gerry each had three, my Aunt Peach doesn't have any. Well, they would take the kids then too. It's been a tradition they have carried on even when Great Grandmas Grandkids had kids. Now, Great Grandma has passed away, as well as Aunt Gerry, but we still try to get all the ladies in the family together every thursday. It's more sporadic now, but still. There are still 4 generations, as my cousin now brings her 3 year old.

Anyway, back to the Christmas part of this. Near the end of November we begin to plan for Christmas. Everyone picks a date and that is the day all the ladies will go to your house for lunch or dinner. We eat and spend the time making cookies, a different cookie at each house. We divide them up and every one goes home with their share. By the time Christmas rolls around, we each have 2 or 3 dozen of 10 or so different kinds of home made cookies, candies or gobs. Then, on the Christmas Eve Morning, we all join eachother for breakfast, gobble cookies, and breakfast, and exchange little gifts.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
that is very cute!!
My dads parents were born in 1909 and 1912.. they had my dad very late but then again they were a big family.
I never celebrated christmas with my family.
Only once my aunt and uncle came for xmas with their daughters when i was 3 hehe
Maybe i could start with that tradition when i have my kids and hopefully when they have kids.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by TTMom
I try to make Stohlen at Christmas (it's a German Christmas bread). Last year my SS and I made a gingerbread house. This year I bought some cookie mixes so we can bake something, but we're not doing much because we're moving on Dec. 23rd. If anyone has a recipe for Springerle (I think that's spelled right) I'd love to have it.
I tried Stohlen last year... well, actually they weren't Stohlen, they were paid for... but I don't think they came out that well. This year I'm making Lebkuchen to hang on the tree and salt-dough decorations. 1 cup plain flour, to one cup salt and a little cold water... it makes a nice modelling clay that sets rock hard after a while (it sets better if you put it in an oven on a low heat for a few hours.) It keeps for a good long time too
post #10 of 15
My mother inlaw crochetted her angel for the tree topper and then somehow made it hard with starch and glue I think? It's so sweet.

Today I'm checking on my parents house and I'm going to take home her old book, but it's not in english. Some is in croatian, some in German, and some in turkish, so If I have the recipes it may take a little while to translate them into an acceptable language *laughs* I'm a little rusty in german anymore.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
I havent tried reading german cook books although i should try
post #12 of 15
Grissom, the man who married us is a Detweiler. That's a rather unusual name so I thought it interesting that it's in your family too.
post #13 of 15
I have several good German cookbooks, but they're all in English. Now I've got some really wonderful German recipes out of magazines from when I lived there, but I had to buy some special measuring tools because they don't use the American style cups and spoons. DH hasn't figured out why I have measuring cups with 3 different units of measurement on them yet. LOL!
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
LOL!
i actually saw this thing at the supermarket with ounces.
isnt that how you measure your stuff there?
im planing to buy it for my self hehe
post #15 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by TTMom
Grissom, the man who married us is a Detweiler. That's a rather unusual name so I thought it interesting that it's in your family too.
Hmm... Where are you from? And what was his name? I have the whole family tree clear back to when Jacob slipped onto a ship and came over here from Switzerland in 1747.
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