Santa Fest Today
In many places St. Nicholas is the main gift giver. His feast day, St. Nicholas Day, is December 6, which falls early in the Advent season.
In some countries he comes in the night and finds carrots and hay for his horse or donkey along with children's wish lists. Small treats are left in shoes or stockings so the children will know he has come.
St. Nicholas is prominent not on Christmas, but on his day Dec. 6, which is the primary gift giving day. Parties may be held on the eve of December 5th, and shoes or stockings left for St. Nicholas to fill during the night. Children will find treats of small gifts, fruit or nuts, and special Nicholas candies and cookies. St. Nicholas gifts are meant to be shared, not hoarded for oneself.
St. Nick Puttin on the Ritz
So in the spirit of the big Jolly One's day , I will be attending a cookie/recipe exchange luncheon. I had to make eight dozen cookies, that will be split into 15 bags of six. Well mine are so small, I decided to just make 15 dozen! Whew! And, I only ate one, even though I could have eaten a dozen. After the exchange, I will come home with a basket full of assorted cookies along with the recipes. I wish I could invite all of you. Maybe we should have our own cookie exchange in blogland?! Has someone already thought of that?
These little white bite-size delights are so easy. And thanks to my dear friend Alissa, I was able to whip them up in a little more than an hour. The hardest part for me was getting the chocolate melted right. I finally got the hang of it.
I don't know the name of these sweet treats, so you'll have to make one up. I think I'll call them St. Nick Puttin' on the Ritz - I don't know, it's original?! Here's the recipe:
1 package Ghiradelli white chocolate morsels
1 box Ritz Bitz peanut butter sandwiches
1. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
2. Dip a Ritz Bitz into the chocolate, and place onto wax paper until cool and hardened.
3. Package nicely, and then pop a few in your mouth with a cup of hot tea. Voila!
Easy schmeazy!! Brianna would have loved these. When she was in the hospital, she relied on Ritz Bitz to hold off the nausea from all the drugs she was on. I lit a candle while I made them so she would be with me. I will package these up in little glassine bags, include a card with the recipe, make some swedish turkey meatballs to share with the group and enjoy an afternoon of eating and visiting with many who helped during the past year.
I hope Santa finds you today at peace during this holiday season....Iva