Happy Holidays – December 2020

by Ann B.

Just a quick post to say Happy Holidays and Best Wishes from the Santa Fe Public Library. Just a couple of recipes, a couple of traditions, to share with our readers. While this season is usually a time of family and celebration, this year it’s a little different. But we hope you are able to find a moment of peace during these hectic times.

Jessica G. shares her family’s fun traditions of pajamas and movies.

Every year my Mom gifts all of the kids pajamas and homemade socks. It is the first and only gift we all open on Christmas eve and everyone changes into their new pajamas for the eve and to be worn on Christmas morning.
As huge horror movie buffs, leading up to Christmas, it is tradition to do movie marathons of all the Christmas horror films my husband and I can find. Some favorite Xmas Horror are Black Christmas (1974 and 2006 versions), Krampus, Gremlins, and Rare Exports.

Adam shared a delicious sounding side dish.

Grampa Charlie’s Scalloped Corn

  • 1/2 cup chopped green or red bell pepper (green chile when in NM)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 cans (8-1/2 ounces each) cream-style corn
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • In a large skillet, saute pepper and onion in 4 tablespoons butter until tender. Stir in the soft bread crumbs, corn and eggs. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
  • Melt the remaining butter; toss with dry bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes
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Ann’s only-make-once-a-year treats

Date Nut Rice Krispy Treats (Disclaimer: This is NOT, in any way, shape, or form, a healthy recipe.  I only make this once a year at Christmas.)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • ½ pound chopped dates
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar

Mix butter, sugar, and dates in a medium sauce pan over low heat.  Cook for 10 minutes until dates are softened and sugar is dissolved.
Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes, then add pecans and Rice Krispies.  Mix well.  Form into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball.  Roll in powdered sugar.  Let cool and enjoy!
There are a few variations on this recipe so it’s kind of customizable.  You can use almost any other nut instead of pecans.  Almonds are popular as are walnuts.  Some people also either don’t use the powdered sugar or use shredded coconut instead.

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Ann’s Family Tradition

A Christmas Eve tradition for my family is, after attending a Christmas Eve service, to load up with hot chocolate and blankets then drive around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. We roll the windows down and find whatever radio station is playing holiday music. When we get home, it’s time to open one present, usually pajamas, sometimes something extra special.

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