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December 25th, 2013


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11:03 am - Cinnamon Roll Day
Christmas has long been Cinnamon Roll Day to me, in addition to all the other religious and cultural holiday meanings.

I don't remember when the family tradition started. I think the origin might have been assisted by a 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook, but I couldn't swear to it. What I remember as an overlay of images, year after year, was making a Christmas tree out of cinnamon roll dough. I remember the pale balls of dough arranged on a baking sheet -- the before -- and the golden cinnamon-and-butter goodness after baking on Christmas morning -- the wonderful after. Others in the family put icing on their rolls, but I didn't much care for that. I was and am about the roll.

Since my mother died, almost a decade ago, I've made cinnamon rolls for my dad and brother(s) on Christmas morning. I say 'made,' but my dad does not stock baking goods, and after a few attempts at scratch and the resulting shopping and spoilage difficulties, I succumbed to frozen rolls for him. Even though I'm not at his house this year for the day itself, during my brief visit to the frozen Plains last week I prepped the rolls for him.

Last night I put on the Christmas music of my youth and made a batch of whole-wheat cinnamon rolls from scratch. The Vince Guaraldi Trio provided the music by which I kneaded the dough; Peggy Lee provided the music for the second rise; a James Taylor Christmas album accompanied the one roll I allowed myself last night. And it was joyful, and it was good, and it was light.

May your day, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, be joyful and good. (And for those of us Whovians, silence will fall when the question is asked -- another tradition honored tonight.)

Happy and merry days to all!

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From:claudia_yvr
Date:December 25th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
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The cinnamon rolls sound yummy, quite a lovely tradition for the holidays :-)

Merry Christmas Cinnamon Roll Day, Lori!

::hugs, hugs::

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From:laurawise
Date:December 25th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I share the cinnamon rolls virtually, and send very real good thoughts and hugs. :)

Hugs and a great day, C!
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From:stateless82
Date:December 25th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Merry Christmas!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 25th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Merry Merry Christmas, S! :)

[hugs]
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From:gwynnega
Date:December 25th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Happy Cinnamon Roll Day! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:December 25th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Happy Cinnamon Roll Day! :)

Hugs, Gwynne!

(Also -- have you seen a link to Unlocking Sherlock, an hour-long documentary on Sherlock that will be on PBS in a few weeks but is available free online now?)
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From:gwynnega
Date:December 25th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the link!!
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From:kathyh
Date:December 25th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Merry Christmas. The cinnamon rolls sound gorgeous and a lovely tradition to have. Happy and merry days to you too ♥
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From:laurawise
Date:December 25th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
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[checks clock, calculates time zones] Happy Boxing Day to you, K!

Hugs and joy. :)
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From:janus_74
Date:December 26th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
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Sounds like a lovely tradition. Merry Christmas, I hope it's a good one for you!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 26th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Happy Boxing Day, T, and cheers and hugs! :)
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From:chase820
Date:December 26th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
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Happy Christmas and Happy Cinnamon Rolls! :)
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From:laurawise
Date:December 26th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
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And a restful Boxing Day (with cats) to you, Chase! :)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:December 26th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
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Mmmmmm....yummy tradition and yummy sound track too!

Happy, happy new year!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 26th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Happy happy (Boxing) Day to you, ALH! [hugs] [turns up the music]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:December 26th, 2013 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Happy Boxing Day!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 26th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
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And a very happy Boxing Day to you, Stevie! Cheers!
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From:freixenet
Date:December 26th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
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:hugs: what a wonderful tradition. And your playlist is terrific! Happy day, L, and hope Master Danger and you shared a joyous day!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 27th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
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Happy Boxing Day, F, and hugs and light to you! Hope there's beach-time in your near future. :)
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From:heron_pose
Date:December 26th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
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what a lovely tradition!

I'm sorry you're not with your dad on The Day, but happy you got to see him, and happy you made it home safe!

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:December 27th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
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H_P! Hugs a million!

I was glad to have seen Dad, and VERY glad not to be driving all the way to and from the Plains. Hope your day was restful, and hope you're actually having proper holiday time.

More hugs!

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