It’s a rare thing today to recieve a handwritten letter or even a birthday card. Except over Christmas. I’ve just received my first card for this season and it was with pure excitement that I tore open the envelope, all the time guessing the sender. What a further delight it was to recognize the personal artwork on the card! Receiving this first very personal handpainted card, had me digging out some cards myself . They may not be in time for Christmas, but the timeless message will be the same: “I care and you are in my thoughts. May you experience exuberant moments. Love. Ronell”

And of course you can’t write cards without a cheekful of cookies, a coffee, some far off music and why not a flickering candle to accompany your reminiscing message.

…chocolate star cookies…



A recipe from Cuisine Creative, Burda, Novembre 2005.



This is an entry for Susan at  Foodblogga’s Christmas cookies round 2.

7 thoughts on “Chocolate star cookies and handwritten cards.

  1. I wholly agree, though I haven’t been fortunate enough to receive a handpainted card, but ones with notes written in the sender’s hand, little stories about the past year, a remembrance of when the two of you last spent Christmas together. It’s lovely. My daughter and I try to write at least once a month, lest there be NO family memorabilia to hand down to future generations. E-mail and text-messaging are quick and handy, but nothing takes the place of a personal note. Oh, and the cookies look lovely, as do all the special foods you photograph and/or paint. Thanks for always sharing a lovely look at the holiday season. Be well.


  2. “May you experience exuberant moments.” That is such a beautiful sentiment. I agree with you. I received a hand-written thank you note and was so pleasantly surprised. I found myself re-reading it and even placed it on my counter top for several days. They’re just so much more personal than emails. Any may you experience exuberant moments, Ronell.


  3. Ronell, you truly are an artist! That first picture is a still life if ever I saw one. The cookies are an edible work of art too! And hurrah for handwritten Christmas cards. I still send out close to 50 each year, even though I never get as many back. Despite spending my whole life on the internet, there’s just something special about sending and receiving a handwritten card…


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