The boys have been hard at work on their letters to Santa (if you follow C&W on Instagram, you’ve seen the progress). Here’s Saurus’ this year:
I like you. I love the wrapping you do with the presents each year. I like Rudolph’s nose your have Santa. I like all the toys your bring with the elves. This year for Christmas I would like Star Wars Legos and a Rhino Python Snake and new dinosaur toys. I think my little brother would like a fox book and animal and fox Duplo (pronounced Doo-pa-low) toys if it’s not too much trouble. And maybe a reindeer Duplo for me. I hope I see you. We will leave out cookies and milk. We love you so much.
It’s complete with drawings of reindeer and rhino pythons, for Santa’s reference. Little Fox’s list has been more of a group project. He says he wants “bababa dada meow woooooo blub blub blub”. Saurus thinks he wants foxes and alligators. I think he wants the following:
I’m a simple fellow. I don’t need much but humbly request the following:
Ladders. Of all varieties. I love climbing them but Mama and Dad keep putting them away and it’s quite frustrating. I’d like some of my very own.
An avocado farm. It’s my favorite food and Mama just can’t seem to manage to keep them in stock. I need a more reliable and steady supply.
Crayons. Mama says the ones we have are for coloring but I need a supply for eating. They’re so tempting and delicious looking. But I’m not allowed to eat them anymore after that one time I sampled a marker and threw up yellow all over the living room. I feel like there’s so much of the spectrum I need to experience.
To have a dirty face. Just for one day, I’d love for Mama to leave my face how I made it. I try to save all of the snacks on my cheeks for later but she keeps wiping them off and it’s quite annoying.
A sword. Or a javelin. Or any sort of long weapon I can knock things over with. I usually use the broom to knock things over and accidentally whack people in the shins but my parents caught on and started putting them away. It’s just so thrilling to wave it around.
Books. I love books. Reading them, eating them, rearranging them, standing on them, doesn’t matter. There’s no such thing as too many books. If you bring me real ones instead of the baby ones, I’d love to crinkle all the pages.
Thank you, Santa. Merry Christmas.
With Love, Little Fox
Santa has been a huge theme this year. Well, for Saurus. Little Fox’s themes are pretty much just food and destruction.
Saurus: Mom, I’m just not sure about Santa. I’m not sure he’s real.
Me: WHAT?! Of course he’s real! The reindeer! The presents!
Saurus: But there’s just so much I don’t know about him. That makes it hard to believe.
Me: Well, that’s called faith, sweet boy, and a good topic to talk about later. For now, what do you want to know about Santa?
Saurus: Well, for one, reindeer don’t fly.
Me: Yes they do. Just some of them though, when Santa uses the magic dust.
Saurus: Where does Santa get magic dust?
Me: Aurora Borealis. You’ve seen Arthur Christmas. It’s a true story.
Saurus: Oh, that makes sense. Also, the world is huge and there are so many kids.
Me: Santa has warp speed. And elves. Next.
Saurus: What about where there’s war and it’s scary?
Me: Those kids especially need presents. Santa’s very safe. And his sleigh has a mini-gun, just in case.
Saurus: Oh. Well I guess Santa’s real then.
Me: You’d better believe it.
Speaking of believing, I do believe I have the best gingerbread recipe of all time. Just the right mix of flavors, soft but not cake-y, not too much molasses, just sweet enough to go well with coffee. It’s just the best. Especially if you skip the tedious and painful task of cutting out those dumb little men shapes and then having to decorate them. Horrible idea. Just make drop cookies, drizzle them with white chocolate, and BAM. You’ve saved yourself so many hand cramps and frustration. I’m sure Santa will be grateful for them, no matter what shape your cookies. (But if you’re an ambitious, hand-cramp-loving person, this recipe does really well as rolled cookies too. You can read more about that version here)
- 1 C shortening
- 4 tsp water
- 3/4 C pure cane white sugar
- 3/4 C pure cane brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- zest of one orange
- 2 tablespoons molasses (or dark corn syrup – I use whichever I have in the pantry)
- 3 C flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 rounded tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- pinch salt
- 1/2 C white chocolate chips, melted (for topping)
- Cream shortening, water, and sugar together until creamy.
- Add in egg, vanilla, orange zest, and molasses.
- Stir in dry ingredients until completely incorporated.
- Chill dough for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350
- Scoop dough onto cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. As with all cookies, it’s important to take them out before they look done. If your cookies look cooked, you’ve gone too far. Unless you like crispy cookies.
- Place on wire rack to cool.
- Drizzle with melted white chocolate.