Butter, flour, and sugar are the main ingredients in these Blue Christmas Butter Cookies. Your Christmas will be anything but blue though after you bite into these cookies!
Do you know what today is, Dear Reader? Yes, it is the second last day of Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas, but it’s also something else. Yes, it is Christmas Eve’s Eve, otherwise known as Tibb’s Eve!
Tibb’s Eve is most likely something you’ve never heard of, and if that’s the case, it’s okay. Tibb’s Eve is not a national or world-wide celebrated day like Christmas Day, for example. Tibb’s Eve originated on the south coast of Newfoundland and is still widely celebrated there today.
It has not extended past the island and is known outside of Newfoundland only by means of the tales and stories of Christmases past told by Newfoundlanders’ who have moved away from home for one reason or another.
Tibb’s Eve, sometimes referred to as Tipsy Eve, is a celebration held on December 23, and is widely recognized across the province. The wild festivity started sometime around the mid-20th century as the first night during Advent when it was appropriate to have a drink.
Advent was a sober, religious time of year and traditionally people would not drink alcohol until Christmas Day at the earliest. The day emerged as an excuse to partake in the consumption of alcohol two days earlier.
Very rare is there an instance for one to feel blue around the holidays in Newfoundland. Christmas is embraced by the young and the old, and is celebrated by nearly everyone. Family and friends gather together for yuletide merriment, the exchanging of modest presents, eating and drinking, but more importantly, the tall tales of years gone by. The best Christmases of my life were spent in Newfoundland!
Speaking of blue, take a look at these Blue Christmas Butter Cookies! Again, there’s nothing blue about them, but like most Christmas cookies, sprinkles are always a great way to make cookies look more festive. John.e had purchased a four-pack of Wilton blue candy sprinkles, which I knew would be perfect for these butter cookies.
Probably one of my favourite Christmas songs, and even though many artists have recorded it, none compares to the version released by Elvis Presley in 1957. The song is about an unrequited love during the holidays; sad, but still a great tune!
I often wonder where things come from, and the term Blue Christmas is no exception. Okay, a song, yes, but is there anything else it could be? I can recall hearing my grandfather on my mom’s side say, “Today is blue Christmas,” but had no idea what it meant. (I dared not ask him, because he scared the hell out of me! That’s a story for another time.)
Blue Christmas is a name given to the longest night of the Advent season. It is a day on which some churches hold a service that honours people who have lost loved ones that year. The Holy Eucharist is traditionally a part of the service of worship on this day. The day falls on or about December 21st, the Winter Solstice.
I think nowadays though, we are losing sight of Christmas traditions and the meanings and origins of things like Blue Christmas. I know in my particular case, I have a 15 year old daughter who doesn’t relish in Christmas traditions and celebrations like I do. She likes the food and the presents, but the traditions are not that important to her. I do hope that changes as she gets a little older.
I remember Christmas being celebrated for what seemed like a very long time. Decorations were never put up too early, but the houses had their Christmas lights on the first week of December. My classmates and I would be busy learning our lines and preparing for our school-wide Christmas program weeks in advance.
There was the Christmas Sing-A-Long at church; and there was the Dinner with Santa at the Town Hall; and I can’t forget about last Saturday before Christmas day when the whole town took part in the Santa Claus parade. Oh, and there was also the annual tossing of the Christmas candy by Santa who was standing in the back of a decorated pick-up truck! Those days were magical and I will never forget them!
What about you, Dear Reader? What are your fondest Christmas memories? Do you still keep up with some of the celebrations and traditions that you remember from when you were a kid? Share your stories with me; I’d love to hear them!
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the recipe for these Blue Christmas Butter Cookies. And, I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the last and final cookie in the 24 Cookies of Christmas series! Happy Tibb’s Eve!!
UPDATE: Since all of the 24 Cookies of Christmas have now been published, I’ve compiled the complete list for you right here!
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Blue Christmas Butter Cookies
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup candy sprinkles
- Using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
- Add the condensed milk and beat into the butter until well combined.
- Add the flour and baking powder. Mix into the butter mixture until well incorporated.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside. Lastly, pour the sprinkles into a shallow bowl for rolling the cookie dough into. (If you are using more than one type of sprinkle, use a separate bowl for each type.)
- Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and using a small cookie scoop, portion out 1 tablespoon of the cookie dough. Roll it into a smooth ball and then roll it into the sprinkles.
- Place the cookie balls on the baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between each one.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
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