Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Thoughts for #Christmas Eve by Cleo Coyle

For millions of children around the world, tonight is the most exciting night of the year. And because of one child’s birth long ago, tonight is a Silent Night, a miraculous night, the holiest night of the year.

For the kids out there (and the kids at heart), I’m sharing a fun, festive cookie to leave for Santa Claus, and a link to one of my favorite activities on this very special night—tracking Santa Claus as he races around the world to deliver gifts to girls and boys!

I do this through NORAD TRACKS SANTA, and if you have children or grandchildren who have never tracked Santa's ride, I think you’ll have a very good time doing it. The site even has a Santa’s Village with digital games. And, yes, I’ve been known to procrastinate in that North Pole playland a time or two.


Click Here to Track
Santa's Ride, which has
already begun from
the North Pole!

As for my recipe today, it’s a delightful cookie to leave
for Santa Claus, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Finally, no matter what Santa is or is not able to leave
for you under the tree, remember the very wise words 
of the renowned Dr. Seuss…

May this Christmas Season bring you 
Peace and Joy, and (to quote another beloved 
Christmas character...) 

God Bless us, every one!
~ Cleo

And don't forget to leave 
a few cookies for Santa...

Merry Christmas to all,
and to all a good night!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling 
author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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  1. those are stunning Cleo! and thanks for sharing Santa's tracking--and the Grinch. that was truly a brilliant book...

  2. Cleo, aren't these pretty! What a nice twist on a chocolate cookie. :) Merry, merry. Enjoy tracking Santa tonight!! I know we'll be doing so.

    Love and hugs, Daryl aka Avery

  3. Cleo, these are gorgeous! (Pink is one of my favorite colors!) I'm going to send my daughter the Track Santa link so she can do it with my granddaughter!

  4. Oh my, Santa is really in for a treat with these cookies! The Dr. Seuss excerpt is a timely reminder of what the holiday truly represents. Peace and joy to all ~

  5. Thanks for the delicious Christmas post, Cleo! So lovely. I will be dreaming of that pink chocolate icing.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!



  6. Thanks to all of you for taking time out of your day to drop into the Kitchen, I appreciate it, and I wish I could pour you a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and pass you a plate of those cookies. Since we're far away from each other, I'll just have to send my warmest wishes instead.

    To my readers, my fellow crime-writing cooks, and all of our wonderful site followers....

    Have a joyous Christmas Eve!

    ~ Cleo Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  7. God bless us all.
    And to all, a good night.

  8. Lovely recipe! I think it would make a great Valentine's Day recipe with strawberry preserves (or 4th of July with raspberry... or even maybe Halloween with marmalade? It looks versatile. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. I heard today that the NORAD tracking tradition began when a company advertised a phone number to call to speak with Santa. Except it was published with a wrong number in it, and NORAD got the calls. At first they were irritated, but then the man in charge thought they could help kids by tracking Santa and the tradition began!

    Merry Christmas, Cleo and Marc!


  10. These look like a perfect yummy Christmas Santa treat!