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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Holidays

I don't know about you but I am exhausted. I thought that since we were staying in town over the holidays things would be a bit more mellow and relaxed. Not quite. The past two weeks or so have been jam-packed with visiting relatives, family gatherings, Santa visits, Christmas tree decorating, trips to visit my in-laws in New Jersey, and lots and lots of presents for the kids. It's hard to believe that it's almost the new year and I feel like there's a lot of organizing and cleaning and prepping that needs to happen in order to start the year off fresh.



One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking and decorating Christmas cookies. It started off as a chance for me, my sister and our two cousins (also sisters) to get together, bake a ton of different kinds of cookies, make dinner and celebrate the holidays. The best part was the decorating - with a rainbow of frosting colors, colored sugars, sprinkles and other decorations. My sister would inevitably immerse herself in some intricate patterns and designs, trying to replicate an Old Master masterpiece on a sugar cookie shaped like the Statue of Liberty or a giant mitten. Now, our cookie decorating sessions have changed a bit with the inclusion of my sons, my sister's daughter and a some friends - all under the age of 5. Now, we pre-bake the sugar and gingerbread cookies so that the kids can start decorating right away. It's fun to watch the kids choose their frosting colors and dig their little chubby fingers into bowls of sprinkles. The kids are so proud of their creations. While our cookies aren't "cookie masterpieces," they are the sweetest tasting treats in the house.

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1 Comments:

At January 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM , Anonymous hannah said...

Loved your card this year. So fun to see the fantastic assortment!

 

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