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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Cooking/Baking (not recipes) (10/16/08)

TITLE: A Token of Gratefulness
By Freda Douglas
10/20/08


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A TOKEN OF GRATEFULNESS

Several years ago my husband and I owned two pizza shops. We employed about ten people.

Every holiday time at the end of the year we gave them money bonuses, but I remember one year I decided to give them something different.

First off, I sent to one of my craft catalogs for my ‘surprise’ gifts. I had seen a hand painted wooden cookie tray offered in one of my magazines and sent for one them.

Because my bonuses were to be handcrafted items, and I worked evenings and very often double shifts which meant I both opened the Oil City {PA} shop and closed it 16 hours later, I had to squeeze my crafting in when I wasn’t working so that meant early Fall.

First I made twelve clothes brushes out of pastel colored strips of foam rubber attached to dowel handles. [I know I date myself but this was in the early 1970’s]. I also made two for our personal use.

The next project took me longer to make. I bought ten sets of white percale pillow cases. First I transferred a floral pattern to the border of each one, then I proceeded to ‘paint’ the floral patterns, carefully because mistakes couldn’t be corrected.

It was now the first of December, and I was so busy with my painting project I hadn’t done my own Christmas shopping. I started to do that, not as elaborately as was my custom, fitting in the making of “wreathes” for my bonus gifts, made out of embroidery hoops and looking up the recipes for the cookies and candy I would make to fill the miniature bushel baskets I had ordered to complete the bonuses.

Finally, it was the 23rd of December and time to make my sweets. They had to be delivered on the 24th because we were closed Christmas Day.

I remember I made many batches of cookies, washing the mixing items I had used in between batches [my kitchen was not meant for big projects]
while the last batch of a particular recipe was baking.

As usual, all good things must come to end. The cookies were baked, the fudge cooling in the cookie sheet purchased just for that purpose, and it was now 8 am on 12/24. I had been working since 8 pm 12/23 but the packing was all to be done yet.

I delivered all the bonuses to the Oil City shop; the rest to the Franklin store a few minutes later.

By the time I arrived home it was 5 PM, time to catch 40 winks before the Christmas Eve service was to begin in our church.

We had a custom of spending the night before Christmas at my sister-in-law’s home. Christmas morning my oldest nephew jumped on the hide-a-bed we were sleeping on, urging me to wake up, it was time to open presents. I reached up to give him a hug, and just that quick I was sound asleep - again.

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Beth LaBuff 10/26/08
Wow! I can't imagine all the work and effort you did to make Christmas special for your employees (besides running your own business!) I wish I could see a picture of your gifts! How creative!
Joshua Janoski10/28/08
I would have loved to see those baskets filled with goodies. I bet they were a sight to behold. Personal gifts like that are so much more memorable and special than just money.

Thank you for sharing this story with us. I enjoyed reading it. :)