12.22.2022 – they made circles and

they made circles and
curlicues squiggledy things
saved for Christmas

One morning she boiled molasses and sugar together until they made a thick syrup, and Pa brought in two pans of clean, white snow from outdoors. Laura and Mary each had a pan, and Pa and Ma showed them how to pour the dark syrup in little streams on to the snow.

They made circles, and curlicues, and squiggledy things, and these hardened at once and were candy. Laura and Mary might eat one piece each, but the rest was saved for Christmas Day.

From Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder, New York: Harper, 1953 (New York and London: Harper, reprint of the 1932 edition)

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