12 Days of Christmas — Day 4


During the twelve days until Christmas break, the King Street Chronicle will again present staff favorites from the holiday season.  This fourth edition will not include four calling-birds, but beloved Christmas songs, memories, recipes, movies, and crafts.



Song:Run Rudolph Runperformed by Chuck Berry.

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Recipe: Gingerbread Rolls 

  • Total time:
    • 2 hours and 55 minutes
  • Makes:
    • 12 rolls
  • Ingredients for the dough:
    • One-fourth cup of granulated sugar
    • One tablespoon of dry active yeast (not instant or rapid rise)
    • One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
    • Three-fourths teaspoon of ground ginger
    • One-half teaspoon of kosher salt
    • One-eighth teaspoon of ground cloves
    • Three and one-half cups of all-purpose flour, divided
    • One cup of whole milk
    • Two tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the bowl
    • One large egg
    • Two tablespoons of molasses

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  • Ingredients for the dough:
    • One-half cup of packed light brown sugar
    • Six tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
    • One tablespoon of ground cinnamon
    • One and one-half teaspoons of ground ginger
    • One-fourth teaspoon of ground cloves
    • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • Ingredients for the topping:
    • Four ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
    • One-half teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
    • One and one-third cup of confectioners sugar, divided
    • Two teaspoons of molasses
    • One teaspoon of warm water
  • Steps 
    • 1) Whisk together sugar, yeast, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves, and one and three-fourths cups flour in a bowl.
    • 2) Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan. 
    • 3) Cook over low heat until the butter has melted and the mixture reads between 105°F and 110°F on an instant-read thermometer.
    • 4) Add milk mixture, egg, and molasses to flour mixture. 
    • 5) Beat with a dough hook attached to a stand mixer, on low speed, until moistened.  Continue beating, gradually adding remaining one and three-fourths cups flour, until smooth and pliable, four to five minutes.
    • 6) Transfer dough to a lightly buttered mixing bowl.
    • 7) Cover with plastic wrap or a towel.  Set bowl in a warm place and let rise until doubled in size, about one hour.
    • 8) Combine brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a bowl.
    • 9) Butter a 9-by-13-inch or 8-by-8-inch baking dish. 
    • 10) On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. 
    • 11) Spread with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Starting from the long side, roll up into a log.  Cut into 12 (if using a 9-by-13-inch baking dish) or nine (if using an 8-by-8-inch baking dish) pieces and place, cut sides up, in a prepared dish. 
    • 12) Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in size, about one hour. 
    • 13) Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Bake until cooked through and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
    • 14) Combine cream cheese, vanilla, and one cup confectioners sugar in a bowl. 
    • 15) Whisk together molasses, water, and remaining one-third cup confectioners sugar in a separate bowl. 
    • 16) Spread cream cheese mixture on warm rolls, then drizzle with molasses glaze.
Courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com



Movie: “Eloise at Christmastime 

“The holiday season isn’t complete without Julie Andrews.  She stars in Eloise at Christmastime as the nanny of a spunky 6-year-old named Eloise, who has a mission to reunite two young lovers — while chasing them around the Big Apple,” courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com.





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Craft: Toilet Paper Roll Snowman

  • Supplies:
    • Clean toilet paper rolls (or a paper towel tube or a gift wrap tube, cut down to size)
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Small googly eyes
    • Small pom poms
    • Ribbon
    • Glue
    • Black and orange Sharpies
    • Scissors
  • Instructions:
    • 1) Start by gluing on two googly eyes about a quarter of the way down a toilet paper tube.
    • 2) Cut a length of ribbon (about 8 inches long) and tie it around the toilet paper tube below the eyes to make a scarf.
    • 3) Using the Sharpies, draw a carrot nose, a coal mouth, and buttons on the tube.
    • 4) Cut a 3-inch piece of pipe cleaner and glue pom-poms onto either end of the pipe cleaner to make the earmuffs.
    • 5) Once the glue is dry, bend the pipe cleaner and place the earmuffs around the top of the tube.  Glue the two pom-poms onto either side of the tube to hold the earmuffs in place.
Courtesy of Payton Sfreddo ‘24


Memory: Payton Sfreddo ‘24 

“My favorite Christmas memory is every year when my mom takes my siblings and I to take a picture with Santa.  We have over 14 pictures from every December of my family with Santa.  It is such a fun tradition because once we take that picture, I am always immediately in the Christmas spirit.”


Featured Image by Charlotte Burchetta ’22