…one of my very favorite photos of my dad, from Christmas Eve 1967 (I think). That red wagon was our big Santa gift that year.
Of course he had to be sure it “worked” after he assembled it…smart thinking since that festive holly mug he’s holding was a hot drink we call Tom & Jerry’s, a Sheffield family holiday tradition.
Tom & Jerry’s
my mother’s recipe
Slowly beat 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks; stir in 1 pound of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon nutmeg. Refrigerate in a covered container. It keeps for a week or two (if it lasts that long!)
For each drink
Add 1-2 heaping tablespoon(s) of batter to a warmed mug (the batter is pretty rich, I prefer less, but I think others in my family like the full two tablespoons), a jigger of dark or spiced rum or brandy (my dad’s favorite), and boiling water to fill the mug. Stir to dissolve the batter. Add a little sprinkle of nutmeg. Enjoy!
Sadly, I don’t think we have any good Christmas elf stories from our girls’ childhoods. But I think this one serves well for two generations!