The Busy Man Needs A Snack.

When I was younger, every Christmas Eve we would go to church.

I wasn’t really into church, but this one was fun.  We sang Christmas carols, Santa was there, we got chocolate, you know, all the important things!

When we got home from church we would lay out a plate of food for Santa and his reindeer.

We would always put out two of Mum’s shortbread biscuits, a glass of milk, and a carrot. Come to think of it, one carrot doesn’t seem enough for 12 reindeer.

On Christmas morning we would wake and fine half the milk drunk, the carrot nibbled at and one biscuit eaten, with lots of crumbs around.

It was a really fun tradition, and always added to the excitement of Christmas!

What’s your favourite childhood memory of Christmas?


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  • 225 gm plain flour
  • 113 gm rice flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 113 gm caster sugar
  • 113gm butter
  1. Preheat oven to slow to moderate (about 160)
  2. Sift together flour, rice flour, salt and caster sugar.
  3. Rub butter in to make a soft dough, I found it needed a bit of kneading to stick together.
  4. Roll on board about 6mm thick.
  5. Cut into chosen shapes.
  6. Prick with fork
  7. Bake on greased, cold oven tray, for 15-20 mins. Until straw coloured.


19 thoughts on “The Busy Man Needs A Snack.

  1. Oh yes we used to do the same. The Reindeer used to make such a mess of that one carrot and they always dropped a few little bits in the pool as they flew off! I like the sound of your church. We were never church-goers but I would have loved carols, chocolate and Santa.

    Every year since we were little my sister and I have opened a present on Christmas Eve in honor of our Grandma who died before my sis was born. I’m not really sure how we started it… will have to ask mum.

  2. Sounds like a great Christmas tradition Claire! Growing up we used to have all of our family, friends and neighbours over on Christmas Eve for a big get-together. Although I enjoy hanging out with my family on xmas Eve, it always seems so quite now. Nice to meet you Claire!

  3. Haha! I think I’ll put a baby carrot out for Flatpac this Christmas Eve.. but I will also think – ‘that’s not enough for 1 rabbit!’. I love Christmas baking. It makes the house smell so homely <3

  4. I love going to midnight mass (even though I’m not religious) We do it no matter where we are. Last year we went to midnight mass in Timor and it was such a beautiful experience. I’m taking my favorite cookie recipe when we leave this weekend so that I can bake cookies with my nieces!

    1. We stopped going to church on Christmas when we were old enough to have an opinion about it. But I think it’d be wonderful in another country.

  5. My husbands favourite bite sized snack. We never left anything out for the reindeers, just Santa, milk and cookies. It is amazing how I never thought that in every house he is eating cookies – no wonder he is so round in the stomach area.

    1. I always thought about that! He’s a big man, with a lot of eating, and he’d hate to offend someone by not eating their cookies!

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