Making Christmas Merry: Yankee Swap and Cheese Wafers

Guest Post by Sarah Doremus (aka my "name twin")

At the Doremus family household, we have had the same Christmas Eve tradition for the past ten years. 

It usually begins with blaring christmas music at 6:00am, followed by rigorous cooking that lasts all day. At 4:00 it’s time for church and the six of us (Me, my mother Karen, my father Mark, brother John, brother David, and Grampa George) pile into the car. Christmas Eve mass is always a favorite of mine as we get to hold lighted candles at the end of the service and sing Christmas carols together. 5:30 rolls around and the rest of family and friends arrive at our house.

Christmas Eve usually entails eating large amounts of hors d'oeuvres, both traditional and new creations that I find on Pinterest and have been dying to try out. One appetizer that is an absolute staple in our family are the infamous cheese wafers. If there are somehow any cheese wafers left over after a family gathering, you can bet that they will disappear by the next day. These wonderful, moist, cheesy, little cookie-type-wafers are the best things ever, not to mention wicked easy to make (and maybe a little unhealthy ;) ). 

Here is the super (not so) secret recipe:

DeDe's Cheese Wafers

1/2 Cup softened butter (no substitutes)
A few drops of Worcestershire sauce
2 Cups room temp grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 Cup flour
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional)

In a medium bowl, mix stick of butter with Worcestershire sauce (and mustard), then add remaining ingredients. Mix with fork, then mix well with hands. Scoop approximately a teaspoon of the mix and roll into balls. Put onto cookie sheet about a half to 1 inch apart. Using a fork press down to flatten the balls slightly. Bake at 400° about 13 to 15 minutes.

After eating as much as possible, we adjourn to the solarium that holds everyone’s Yankee swap presents. 

We draw numbers from a hat to find out the choosing order and jump right in. For anyone unfamiliar with Yankee swap, it is a fun and unstressful way to do Christmas presents. Everyone brings a wrapped present and places it on a table. Numbers are drawn and people go one by one choosing a present and unwrapping it to find what is inside. They can then choose to keep what they have, or swap with another present that someone has already unwrapped. After everyone has finished picking, the person who chose first gets to go again one last time and has their pick of all the presents. Everyone always has an awesome time, especially since my family has a bit of a humorous side and the presents usually reflect that.

The evening then concludes with my two brothers and I opening our Christmas Eve gift of matching pajamas, even though we are way past the appropriate age for such things but hey! It's tradition. We also are always obligated to take a picture together in front of the fireplace (and no i will not be including that picture ;) )



Sarah Doremus is a recent University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. 
Currently she is running her own design and marketing company, while teaching paint classes and working in an office. Any free time she has is spent furiously beading and making jewelry, or going out with friends and meeting new people. 
She is a self-proclaimed Netflix aficionado and bibliophile. She can be found on www.sarahdoremusart.com, www.sarahdoremusdesign.com, and www.theburbspaintclass.com


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