A Christmas Angel Came to My Door: Sharing the Magic with each of you!

Darcy, From The Infinite Yums brought me Homemade Truffles!

Darcy did not know that I have been experiencing a Christmas like no other. This is the first year, in my entire adult life, where I have not baked a thing. Not a thing.

The Traditional Christmas Cookie recipes that I shared I have baked every year. But, not this year.

Tarts. Butter tarts. Lemon tarts. Mincemeat tarts and more. Every year. But, not this year.

Truffles and Sweets: all kinds ( and Orangettes and the like, below). Such joy making them brings. But, not this year.

Our traditional Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce and homemade mincemeat (and eggnog) ice cream. Nope. Not this year.

I managed to make our Traditional Poppycock only because my mom had to make it, and my friend, Luciana asked me to teach her daughters how. Both days were brimming with good old fashioned Christmas fun. But, I did nothing on my own. Not a thing. Not this year.

And, then Darcy was at the door. I had never met her before, but she tweeted me to be sure I was home.

I was truly, deeply, profoundly touched by this young special gal who worked so much love into these sweet treats.

I felt the love.

I felt the magic and the Spirit of the Season. Darcy ignited that light within through her not-at-all-so-simple gesture.

This is the first Christmas in my life that my children will not be home. Both were married this year and both are spending Christmas with the in-laws. That is good and that is important, and next year, I will bake.

I will make cookies, and truffles, and tarts, and sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and homemade ice cream. And more. I will make so much more. And truffles next year, with Darcy!

But, this year, I have Darcy’s truffles. I will cherish every single one of them. Yes, I will share them.

That is the beauty of the Spirit and Magic of Christmas. It travels and moves and enlightens and empowers and brightens so many more than imaginable!

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. I don’t think you know how precious and special you are to me, as my readers. You are. You really are.

Much love and happiness and hopefully lots of MAGIC. Thank you, Darcy!



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About Valerie Lugonja

Educator, Writer, Gardener and Traveler who believes in buying and eating locally, and most importantly cooking at home!

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  1. What a sweet gesture! Merry Christmas, Valerie~ and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2012!

  2. Such lovely treats! Merry Christmas!

  3. What a lovely gesture. Merry Christmas.

  4. Those are some beautiful truffles! Merry Christmas!

  5. Valerie, how gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your day be filled with joy. For me, this was the first Christmas in 32 years that I have stayed in my own home for the day. Soooooo delicious! When I was married we always went to my sister in law’s place. And this is the first time in seven years that I have seen my children on Christmas Day, as we usually travel to spend xmas with Peter’s 82 yo mum. This year we decided to stay home. I love it!

    Best wishes.


  6. Oh Val!
    Oh my loaves. I don’t even know what to say. after all my holiday running arounds, I came home and i was flipping through the internet , and what do I find but your lovely words!
    I quite literally teared up reading your post. I thank you, for “getting” me. And again I thank you for being such an inspiration for me, and for being such an amazing, kind, supportive woman. I am so lucky to have met you! I look forward to seeing you again soon!
    8) Darcy

  7. That’s sweet and lovely!
    Merry Christmas, Val and Darcy!


  8. What a thoughtful Christmas gift! Hope your Christmas was just lovely.

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