Thanks Mom For the Goodies!

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Out of all the mail and packages I’ve received this month, by far the one I got from my Mom has been the best!

I’m the only one of my siblings that doesn’t live where my parents do, and Christmas in my family is filled with tradition.  My mom is all about the food at this time of the year and she starts it off early by getting everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) Advent Calendars to count down the days to Christmas.

So many special things that she makes and buys just around the holidays are in abundance on the tables scattered throughout their home.  And I usually miss out on them, because we don’t usually go home at Christmas.  But not this year!

She mailed me a big package full of Christmas yummies!  I’m amazed that most of the goodies survived without being packaged in proper food storage containers.  She just mailed it in a plastic bin and wrapped it in brown paper!  Here’s what was inside….

Yummy Lindt chocolates of all kinds and one of my favorite candies growing up, which I have always called “Moo Moo” candies (because the wrapper has cows on it).  These are actually Polish milk candies, and are similar to toffee, yet different.

My mom has always bought them in bulk at Christmas time in one of the grocery stores.  I’ve never seen them here where we live, and it is a delightful treat to have for Christmas Eve.

These are Nussecken – a popular German treat.  Literally translated they are ‘nut corners’.  A cookie type base with apricot jam and almonds.  No Christmas in my family is complete without it!

My mom’s famous almond crescents that melt in your mouth.  These didn’t fair particularly well in transit because they are so soft, so I “had” to eat all the broken pieces when the parcel arrived .

And a VERY special gift of Pfeffernüsse.  These are cookies my mother-in-law always made for me at Christmas.  She passed away 3 1/2 years ago.  A cousin of hers, happens to also be a friend of my mom’s, and she used my mother-in-law’s recipe to bake me a couple of dozen of these and gave them to my mom to send to me. 

So thank you Mom and thank you Tante Lydia, for making this Christmas a very special one, where I can recall special memories of Christmases past and make memories of this one to add to the album.

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