12 Days of Christmas — Day 7


During the twelve days until Christmas break, the King Street Chronicle will again present staff favorites from the holiday season. This seventh edition will not include seven swans-a-swimming, but beloved Christmas songs, recipes, movies, crafts, and festive wear.

Courtesy of wordonbaby.com.au 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – performed by Sam Smith
Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

  • Three cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Three-quarters cup of dark brown sugar, packed
  • Three-quarters teaspoon of baking soda
  • One tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • One tablespoon of ground ginger
  • One-half teaspoon of ground cloves
  • One-half teaspoon of salt
  • Twelve tablespoons of unsalted butter softened,  but still cool, cut into one-half-inch cubes
  • Courtesy of ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com

    Three-quarters cup of molasses
  • Two tablespoons of milk
  • One-half cup of granulated sugar
  • One-half cup of confectioners’ sugar


  1. With an electric mixer, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt at low speed until combined about 20 seconds.
  2. Stop the mixer and add the butter pieces. Mix at medium-low speed until the mixture is sandy and resembles fine meal, about One and a half minutes.
  3. Reduce the speed to low and, with the mixer running, gradually add the molasses and milk. Mix until the dough is evenly moistened, about 20 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and mix until thoroughly combined, about ten seconds.
  4. Scrape the dough onto a work surface; divide it in half. Working with one portion at a time, shape the dough into two round disks. Cover them in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 20 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, refrigerate the dough two hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Take the cookie dough out of the fridge and begin rolling the dough into balls, about two inches in diameter. Be careful not to overwork the dough as it will lose its chill and get too warm.
  7. Roll each dough ball in the granulated sugar until coated. Transfer ball to confectioners’ sugar and roll again until coated evenly. Place the coated dough balls one inch apart from each other on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake the cookies until set in the centers, about 12 minutes. Do not over bake.
  9. Cool the cookies on the sheets for two minutes, then remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool to room temperature. Store gingerbread crinkle cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


Courtesy of imdb.com

Movie: A Year Without Santa Claus
“When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind,” according to imdb.com.

: Diffuser recipes
Two to three drops of Lemon essential oil
Two to three drops of Peppermint essential oil
Two to three drops of Lavender essential oil
Candy Cane:
Four drops of Stress Away essential oil
Two drops of Peppermint essential oil
Courtesy of oddsandevans.com 

Three drops of Orange or Citrus Fresh essential oil
Two to three drops of Nutmeg essential oil
One drop of Cinnamon, Clove, or Thieves essential oil; optional
Four drops of Ginger essential oil
Two drops of Clove essential oil
One drop of Cinnamon or Thieves essential oil
Tree Farm:
Three drops of Idaho Blue Spruce, Cypress, or Blue Cypress essential oil
Two to three drops of Pine or Balsam Fir essential oil
Two drops of Cedar wood essential oil
Winter Cheer:
Four drops of Christmas Spirit or Thieves essential oil
One drop of Orange or Lemon or Citrus Fresh essential oil
Three Wise Men:
Three drops of Frankincense essential oil
Three drops of Myrrh essential oil
Three drops of Orange essential oil

“This unisex hygge themed sweater is perfect for getting cosy with on a winter evening, or as an alternative to the standard Christmas jumper,” according to notonthehighstreet.com.
– Daisy Steinthal, Photo Editor and Features Editor