Christmas Memories of Grandmama
My grandmama immigrated from Germany and I have such wonderful memories of Christmas with her. It's my favorite, because it is the only one I know. Every year it was the same. The sights, sounds and smells are burned into my memory.
The house always smelled so warm and spicy when you walked in the door. All the special decorations from her huge collection of nutcrackers and hummels to the advent calendars and the large nativity carousel that used candles to make it move.
There was always a large bowl on hot punch made from tea and wine waiting to take the chill off. There were bowls of old fashion ribbon candies and candy canes everywhere you turned.
There would be different types of herring pickled, in sour cream and chopped in a salad with apples and pickles. Dinner was always Sauerbraten; it took days to prepare along with that delicious gingersnap gravy, riced potato balls (dumplings) and red cabbage with sautéed apples.
There were tons of treats. My grandmama would bake for days making homemade stollen with fruits and nuts, gingerbread, soft ginger cookies dipped in chocolate and of course Apple Strudel. The anticipation watching her stretch that dough. She also baked tons of spritz cookies and the traditional ginger bread house that I got to decorated on Christmas Eve.
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Words to the Wise
"When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful."
Proverbs 29:18 (NLT)