My children have outgrown Santa Claus and I do as much shopping as I can on-line, but one enduring holiday tradition is baking cookies. Every year since 1998 a group of us have blocked off a weekend day in December to get together and bake cookies. We each make double batches of two different recipes, and someone brings pre-baked cut-outs that we decorate while the other cookies cool. It’s like a cookie exchange but we do the baking together.
Yesterday we started baking at 8:00 am and were done adding the last sprinkles to the cut-outs by 3:00 pm. Here’s a sampling of what we made.
Forgive the un-edited pictures. I was busy baking and am exhausted!
Last year was the first and only year I missed. Partly because I had a business trip in December, but also because I was having a rough time and not sure I could put on a happy face for a whole day of baking. This year I’ve come to realize that nobody’s life is what it seems on Facebook, and I needed to spend time with my friends more than I needed to pretend that my life is perfect.
By the time we were done, this was my share of the cookies. Now they are all safely apportioned into tins or stashed in the freezer until my son gets home from college–or until I hear them calling my name. 😉
What is your most enduring holiday tradition?