A New Year
A New Year

It is the first day of the new year. I heard Father singing “Auld Lang Syne” last night.  He was very loud.  When I looked out the window in the upstairs hallway this morning, I saw some snow falling.  Not too much. I am glad because everyone wants to go ice skating at Uncle’s.  Now they won’t have to brush off too much snow from the ice. The first feast of the year is today and it will be at Uncle’s house. Some neighbors open their doors to everyone and give out cakes and drinks.  Uncle is having open house this year too, but he is going to have just the family stay for dinner.

A few of the boys have skates and went very fast across the ice.  Some boys don’t have skates and fasten smooth bones to their feet. Everyone’s ears really got red.  My hands and my feet got cold. I went inside to get warm and find Josh and Brent. When everyone was warm and ready we sat down for prayers and dinner. We had baked ham and roasted chicken. There were little rolls and cream biscuits too and lots of small cakes and blancmange. There was marzipan in shapes of fruits and flowers. I ate the one shaped like a pear. It tasted like almonds.

Brent told me about his favorite New Year’s Eve.  He spoke about a Times Square in New York. He told me that at midnight a very large ball is dropped and there are so many people around you that you cannot look down and see your own feet. I know about New York but I don’t know about a big ball that drops. I wonder if it breaks when it hits the ground.*

Josh was looking for more cookeys.

News Year’s Cookies

American Heritage Cookbook

3 cups sifted all purpose flour                          2 eggs
1 Tablespoon baking powder                            1 Cup sugar
1/2 Teaspoon salt                                                1 Cup heavy cream
1 Teaspoon nutmeg                                        1 1/2 Tablespoon caraway seeds

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.  Set aside.  Beat eggs until very light, beat in sugar, a little at a time, and them the cream.  Stir in flour combination and caraway seeds.  Chill for several hours until dough is firm enough to handle.  Roll about 1/4 inch think on a lightly floured board and cut with a small cookie cutter. Sprinkle top with sugar and bake on  greased cooky sheets in a pre heated 350 oven for about 10 minutes.

*The “dropping of the ball” New Year’s tradition, as in New York City, is a custom derived from harbor time signals. It was a common synchronization procedure once used primarily for navigation and astronomy.

by Mary Beekman

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