Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Angels we have seen on high December 15, 2017

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YEARS HAVE PASSED since I thought about this observation: The angels are baking cookies.


Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo 2014.


But when a family member recently noticed the gold and pink tinge of the evening sky, she suggested the cherubs were busy baking Christmas cookies.

Unless you’re a Helbling family member, you’ve likely never heard this comparison of the sunset, or sunrise, to angelic bakers. It’s an interpretation attributed to my late mother-in-law, passed on to her children and then to her grandchildren.

Many times while they were growing up, my three kids directed me to look outside, to see the fiery sky, to see the angels baking cookies. It is a sweet part of family lore passed from one generation to the next.

This time of year, traditions and stories seem more important than ever. What are some of your family stories and/or traditions? I’d like to hear.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


15 Responses to “Angels we have seen on high”

  1. Ruth Says:

    A beautiful sky and lovely tradition to pass on. So many traditions seem to have slipped to the background but I’ll be baking my Aunt Rhea’s lebkuchen recipe and mailing it to my cousin. She passed last January at 101 and hasn’t been able to bake for years so I started to bake it for him since he loved it so. The recipe belonged to a German grandparent from the 1800s. I’ve a post about it somewhere. Have a good weekend.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Oh I love this idea! What a fun memory and one that keeps coming back with each sunset like that. I truly love it. And that picture is stunning.

  3. Love a good sugar cookie 🙂 The skies down here have been putting on quite the show! Really makes you pause to take a breathe and just reflect on all the blessings. Happy Weekend – Enjoy

    One tradition we have started down here is to take a walk on the beach. Plus we have been busy immersing ourselves into our new community too.

  4. Valerie Says:

    That is a fun story/tradition. I used to make gingerbread cookies and have the boys decorate them…all through high school! I’d invite their friends – guys and gals – to join in.

  5. Susan Ready Says:

    Did you take this photo? It is stunning. Since I love to cook the holiday season is another excuse to bake and share as many do not like to bake as much as me.

    • All of the images on my blog are taken by me unless otherwise credited. So, yes, long answer to your question. I took both photos posted here. But I edited the tree/sunset image to give it a more artsy vibe. I, too, like the results.

  6. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:


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