Saturday, 14 December 2013

‘Twas the night before Christmas holiday...

...and all through the house

every creature was stirring except for this mouse.

The stockings were packed in the suitcase with care

in the hopes that BA would fly them swiftly through the air.

Bunny in her pyjamas, Little Flower sitting in her lap,

were reading a Christmas story while last-minute gifts mama wrapped.

Nordicware gingerbread cake tins

Gingerbread house cake with icing sugar snow!
When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter,
the girls sprang from their chair to see what was the matter.
When what to their weary eyes did appear
but mama smiling in the kitchen surrounded by gifts of good cheer.

She was dressed in her apron, surely not at this hour?
And her clothes were all tarnished with sugar and flour.
A spice-scented cookie she held delicately in her hand
and she grinned like a queen who ruled all the land.

“I’ve found it!” she cried. “What?” came the girls’ plea.
“At last I have found the perfect Christmas cookie recipe!
“I needed a recipe that was tasty and quick.
“And these fruitcake cookies were just the trick!”

Walnuts, raisins, cherries, figs...
“The ingredients make dough logs that I slice
“into cookies when needed, and they make 60 – quite nice!

“On my list I have so many handmade gifts
“that I’m glad to find a recipe that makes loads and is swift.”
Then a wink of her eye and a twist of her head
gave the little girls warning that it was soon time for bed.
She spoke not a word but went straight to her craft
and filled all the gift bags, tied them with ribbon, then laughed:

“Look at the bags and the jars balanced steady.
“There are so many presents, it looks like Santa’s been here already!”
While papa settled the girls in bed safe and sound,
mama packed up the goodies to deliver all round.
Early next morning they bundled the kids the car
and readied themselves for a Christmas afar.

And she was heard to exclaim as they drove out of sight:
“Happy Christmas to all, I hope we have a smooth flight!”
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! 
Chrissie x


  1. All those presents look lovely! Have a fantastic time! Merry Christmas, Maria x

  2. LOVE IT ..... LOVE IT ..... LOVE IT!
    I hope you are all safe and sound.
    Remember that hug for Grandma xoxo
    love jooles xxx

  3. Love this Chrissie, have a super, super time.....Merry Christmas! :) xxx

  4. Aw what a lovely post. Hope you and your family all enjoy a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Your mouse is the cutest xx

  5. Hi Chrissie
    That was so lovely !! Wish I was clever enough to reply in rhyme too.
    Have a really wonderful Christmas with all your family.
    Kate x

  6. You are BRILLIANT! And I want that mouse. Have a wonderful and safe trip.


  7. What a lovely christmassy post. Your goodies all look wonderful.

  8. Oh Chrissie, what a fantastic poem and wonderful story!! I have so enjoyed reading it. Well done for making all those superb gifts, have a safe flight and a very merry christmas. take care, Sam xx

  9. Sweet post - have a safe journey. How exciting! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family XXX

  10. Hope you all have a great time at Christmas!

  11. Wishing you all a safe journey and a very Merry Christmas ... Bee xx

  12. That's so fab, have a safe journey and a wonderful Christmas and New year,
    Clare xx

  13. Hope you all have a good flight!! Those cookies look lovely :-)

    Sarah x

  14. How wonderful!! Have a safe journey and a super duper Christmas!
    Caroline xx

  15. Ah Chrissie - you have me in tears - this is all so beautiful! THANK YOU for giving so much of yourself all year and have a wonderful safe happy and unforgettable Christmas with your gorgeous family!
    Much love and warm hugs, Joy xoxo

  16. That is a BRILLIANT post Chrissie. Best Wishes to you on your Christmas journey. Jo x

  17. Loved the post it was beautiful. The presents look lovely. Hope you have a safe journey and a wonderful Christmas and new year.

  18. Awww Chrissie, what a fabulous post. I am in LOVE with your Gingerbread tins and everything looked just scrummy. Have a fabulous Christmas and look forward to hearing all about it!! Sarah xo

  19. Aw, what a truly lovely post - is there no end to your talents? You describe it so vividly, just beautiful. Wishing you smooth flying, clear skies and a very special and Merry Christmas with your loved ones. Bon voyage!
    Hugs xx

  20. Fabulous!!! Love it!! Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy every minute of being with your friends and family. Much love xxx

  21. OMG, so beautiful in every respect Chrissie. All of your foodie gifts will be greatly appreciated I am sure. Of course you know that I love love love your nordic ware tin and the little gingerbread houses it made. I have never seen that tin. It is wonderful. I hope that you have the most wonderful time away with your family and loved ones and that the journey and christmas are wonderful. xx

  22. Loved this post and your fantastic poem! All your makes are gorgeous, love that little mouse and all your foodie gifts have been very busy. Wishing you and your family a truly lovely Christmas and a very, very happy new year!
    Marianne x

  23. So cute. Your cookies look delicious and all your makes are beautiful. Have a wonderful trip!

  24. busy Mum! it all looks lovely, have a wonderful christmas away! Heather x

  25. And God Jul to you! What a lovely post! Made me smile!
    Anna x

  26. brilliant post! I want that cute mouse :)

  27. Oh wow, you clever lady, I really enjoyed reading your prose and could picture it in my head. Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope it was a smooth flight :) xx

  28. A lovely cleverly written in verse and so filled with wonderful handmade goodies, you are amazing Chrissie! I do hope your flight was a smooth one and you have a wonderfully Merry Christmas in America!
    Helen x

  29. Wishing you and yours Chrissie a magical Christmas time...Merry Merry Christmas!

    Amanda x

  30. I love this post!! Hope you have a great Christmas! I am sure you will, can't wait to hear your stories when you get back :D

  31. Gorgeous, gorgeous festive post!!
    Hope you had a lovely time and very best wishes to you and yours for 2014
    BH x
    (PS - I LOVE your little Nordicware houses!!)

  32. What a wonderfully festive post. Hope you have had the best time ever, happy new year you have a wonderful blog and I look forward to reading all about your trip

  33. What a beautiful and very festive post! Love all the baked goodies especially the sweet little gingerbread house. Happy New Year to you x