Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday Short Subjects: Counting Down to Christmas

It’s December 22, and we are all still here. This is a special, holiday Saturday Short for sharing a couple of fun activities for the young and the young-at-heart who are eagerly awaiting Christmas Day.

Last Saturday we attended a cookie swap at a friend’s house – bring 4 dozen, take home 3 dozen, donate 1 dozen to a good cause (in this case a shelter for battered women). I did my best to channel Martha the evening before and made dozens of crispy, round cookies with sliced almonds on top, which were meant to look like sand dollars when they were done. 

That Friday night marked the end of an extraordinarily sad day in Connecticut. I knew kids would be at the cookie swap, and I decided to do a no-bake decorated treat to brighten up my tray. Are these all-natural? No way! Healthy? Hardly! But they are so cute, and so easy. My husband had fun helping. The kids loved them. I imagine it would be a great project to do with kids and grandkids if you have some around. Here is what you need: 1 package of Nutter Butter cookies (48 in a pack), 1 tube of white frosting, 1 bag of small pretzels, and 1 bag of M&Ms. If you look at the photo, you can figure out what to do. When we ran out of brown M&Ms, we used blue. Maybe the kids will choose yellow or green. Who cares? Have some fun. 

+Google, the company which makes this blog possible, has launched a fun-filled site where you can track Santa on Christmas Eve, less than 2 days from now. Google Maps will allow you to follow Santa’s progress around the globe while learning a little about some of the stops along the way. But don’t wait until the 24th to check the site out. In the meantime, explore Santa’s Village where you can play some challenging games and request a special phone call from Santa to one you love.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Have a very merry Saturday. 

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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