With help from Darcie (thank you so much!!), I was able to find a recipe for a treat that I have long craved: chrusciki! Not that I knew what they were called... I only remember them from my grandmother and from long-ago German Christmas pot-luck gatherings.
You can find the recipe at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chrusciki-i/detail.aspx, I'll be trying it out soon! Tomorow looks good, maybe the smells will create some Christmas spirit.