December 2022 Issue
Reel Corner by Donne Paine
Office parties, family visits, ugly Christmas sweaters, red and green decorations, baking, shopping, holiday cards, traditions, popcorn strung with cranberry ribbons, candles, twinkly lights…and holiday movies galore! Pick your favorites and don’t miss out. Holiday movies add tradition, fun and family time to help make the season extra special. What are your favorites?
The Reel Corner recommends as you gather for movie time, make some popcorn or hot chocolate and stream the following:
> It’s a Wonderful Life
> Home Alone
> A Christmas Story
> Jingle All The Way
> The Grinch Who Stole Christmas—both versions
> A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Reel Corner’s
Favorite Italian Christmas Cookie
3/4 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup Powdered sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
3 cups Flour
3 tsps Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla exract
1/2 tsp Anise extract
Extra powder sugar
2 cups Powdered sugar
3 Tbsps Milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Cookies: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time. Then add the vanilla and anise flavoring. Slowly mix in the flour mixture. Do not overbeat. Refrigerate dough for one hour.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Dip the bottom of a small glass into some powdered sugar and press each ball down slightly. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
To make the glaze: Sift two cups of powdered sugar into a bowl. Whisk in milk and vanilla. Dip top of each cookie in the glaze. Garnish with some nonpareil sprinkles.
May the season inspire kindness, sharing and tolerance.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season from Reel Corner!
Donne Paine, film enthusiast, once lived around the corner from the Orson Wells Theater in Cambridge, Massachu-setts, where her strong interest in films, especially independent ones, began. Supporter of the arts, especially films, she has traveled to local and national film festivals including Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca. There is nothing like seeing a film on the big screen. She encourages film goers to support Hilton Head local theaters, Park Plaza Theater and Northridge. To support her habit of frequent movie going, Donne is a vaccine medicine nurse consultant and also the author of 4 Interview Pillars available on Amazon. See you at the movies!