It’s the Holiday Season

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, the Christmas season! With Black Friday sales just a few weeks ago, the “official” start of the holiday season has begun. Everywhere you go, people are putting up Christmas lights, decorating doors with wreaths, and playing familiar Christmas tunes. These are just a few things I love about Christmas, but for an exhaustive list, check this out.

Our Specialized Master in Finance class decided to follow this trend and get into the holiday spirit, as well, before Finals kick off here at the end of the week. The majority of the class attended a holiday celebration at Professor Fuller‘s home this past Sunday night. We are very grateful to be able to celebrate together, and enjoy the wonderful appetizers, cookies, and hot cider that Mrs. Fuller had for us.

Appetizers & Cookies
Appetizers & Cookies

In addition, the Christmas tree was left undecorated for all of us to help. For some, it was their first time putting ornaments on the tree and this was a cool experience to be a part of. Also, I had the honor of placing the angel on top of the Christmas tree (mostly because I am a tall human being); nonetheless, it was a cool thing to do.

The decorated Christmas tree from the house.
The decorated Christmas tree from the house.

During the week prior, our Specialized Master in Finance Council also had organized a Secret Santa gift swap. For those unfamiliar, basically you are assigned another person in the class and you get to give that person a gift (we had a $20 limit on gifts). At Professor Fuller’s, we all exchanged gifts with whom we were assigned. I received an exquisite box of delicious chocolate mints– thank you very much to my Secret Santa!

Finally, the neighborhood of German Village had its Village Lights Festival, in which houses and businesses in the area are decorated and all lit up, to put the neighborhood in the holiday spirit. We drove though the neighborhood instead of walking, due to the cold rain that was falling, but still were able to enjoy the Christmas spirit.

It was a great event to kick the season off, and I am looking forward to getting back to Cleveland to celebrate even more with my family!

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Well, I now have some freedom to myself. I can now work a full day at work without having to leave for meetings, class, or random things that may pop up at any second. It’s a good feeling to actually be able to finish projects that have been sitting on my desk for a while and being able to check things off my list. That being said, I’m so used to receiving 50+ emails each day that I’m constantly checking my email to see if anyone has sent me anything.

I’ve ordered my books. I need to start reading so that I can actually read all of the books next quarter. I think I’m most excited about my Psych class. I’m also very excited that I’m getting one of my elective courses checked off the list. And, I also only have 3 more Christmas presents to buy between my and my fiance’s families. Considering there are a lot of people, that’s pretty exciting. And, we have 2 of the 3 figured out, we just have to go get it.

In honor of the holiday season, I’m going to post a few cookie/’food you wouldn’t normally make unless you’re bored’ recipes between now and the end of break. I figure other people are just as bored as I am and would enjoy something new to do.

Today’s is an Ice Cream Kolacky – recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fruit preserves, any flavor

Directions

  1. Add flour to butter or margarine and crumble in pastry blender. Add ice cream to crumbled mixture and, using dough hooks, work into dough. (If you don’t have dough hooks, use your hands. Rubber gloves will help cut down the cold temperature from the ice cream.) When dough is smooth, shape into ball and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface. Using the rim of a glass dipped in flour, cut out circles. Place on a cookie sheet and make a thumbprint in center of each. Fill thumbprints with 1/2 teaspoon fruit filling.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar when cool. Eat and enjoy!