|A macrame strap holds the sweet little book closed|
|A marzipan Christmas tree|
|Pastepaper and marbled paper inside Marzipan|
"Oh," Marie cried out, "what do you think Godfather Drosselmeier has made for us?"
Fritz said it was sure to be a fortress, with all kinds of soldiers marching up and down and drilling, and then other soldiers would come and try to get in, but the brave defenders would fire their guns, which would boom and thunder wonderfully.
"No, no," Marie interrupted. "Godfather Drosselmeier said something to me about a beautiful garden with a big lake in it and lovely swans with golden necklaces swimming around on it and singing the most beautiful songs. And then a little girl comes across the garden to the lake and calls the swans and feeds them marzipan." -excerpt from The Nutcracker by T. A. Hoffman
|Creamy pastepaper and a wintry image from stamps..|
Growing up in the south, marzipan was not a traditional holiday dessert in our family. At my Grandmother's Christmas Day table we traditionally had three or four choices of the following... Coconut Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Pound Cake, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Meringue Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Chess Pie, Pecan Pie, Pecan Chess Pie, Lemon Chess Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Chocolate Bon Bons, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hershey's Kiss Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Kris Cringles, Dolly Bars, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies... Bananna Pudding..and on and on.. but no marzipan. Until the year my daughter first began to dance in The Nutcracker Ballet...
Holiday baking is such a tradition and food is such a rite of communion... what are your family traditions for sweets? What stories come from these? What are the recipes? Imagine your wonderful holiday sweet pastry sideboard... the colors, the patterns, the aromas, and the deliciousness of all that sugar and butter! and then perhaps write about it in a book.