Blogger: Mary Keeley
My great aunt Zella was the first person I remember baking Kringlas. I have vivid memories of one Christmas at her farm—an authentic Currier and Ives scene—complete with these special Norwegian cookies. I couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old. I’m sure there were other scrumptious cookies and pies, but all I remember are the Kringlas.
Fortunately, I asked for the recipe from Aunt Zella before she died. They quickly became a family favorite. Our four children grew up celebrating Christmas morning with Kringlas and eggnog. Now that they are grown, married, and have given us twelve wonderful grandchildren, this tradition continues in their families. I think the record of one of my granddaughters is seven or eight at one time. They are not small cookies.
No one can conceive our holiday gatherings without them. Just saying the word floods my mind with joy and thoughts of family. Buttermilk makes them moist and cake-like; the subtle flavor of cardamom makes them delectable.
Kringlas are a personal tie that binds our cherished Christmas memories through four generations. But not all people have the same tastes. It’s okay that Kringlas don’t mean as much to other families. I happened upon something that continues to appeal to my family.
What is the message of the Kringlas?
Your audience is your writing family. You write for them. Have you pinpointed what appeals to them about your books, or to your critique partners and readers if you are pre-published? If not, why not take a survey in one of your blog posts or ask followers on your author Facebook page. Ask people who come to your book signings. The best way to care for your reader family is to stay true to the traditions you are establishing with them.
And of course, we also have an audience of One. God is pleased when our writing draws readers to a true knowledge of him.
What lasting Christmas traditions does your family have? Did you engineer them, or did they happen organically? What is it about your writing that keeps your readers coming back for more?
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Your readers are your writing family. Care for them by remaining true to what they expect from your books. Click to Tweet.