Twenty-six years ago in a small apartment in Garland, Texas, a tradition was born. I was a mere three-years-old when Great Grandma Ada’s sugar cookies and the family cream cheese frosting made their first annual Christmas Cookie Party appearance. I don’t remember much (okay, anything) about that afternoon, but it must have been a big hit. Just like it has been every year since.
Most years, these cookie extravaganzas happened on the afternoon of the last day of school before Christmas Break. We would come home from school, each of us with a friend, to find the kitchen table overflowing with cookies of all shapes, icing of all colors, and enough sprinkles and candies to make sweeping the floor memorable for several weeks to come. The Osmonds would serenade us while we giggled, licked our fingers, and put together plates of dozens of overly-frosted Christmas cookies.
As a kid, I thought these magical afternoons just happened. I mean, I guess I knew on some level that mom did it, but I don’t think it ever really connected for me that she was spending hours making and baking and prepping and then cleaning up.
I think that’s one of the lessons of growing up.
Holiday magic can be a lot of work. (Bless those mamas of ours.)
But there’s an upside.
And that is that sharing holiday magic by passing on traditions-seeing your kid’s eyes light up just like yours did 25 years earlier-it’s magic. On a whole new level. It’s like seeing Christmas cookies again for the first time, but in high def.
I wasn’t really prepared for that last year. It surprised me. And my baby was only 7 months old, so our tradition-passing was pretty limited. Even so, watching him stare at the Christmas tree and picking out his first ornament to start his own collection and reading the simplest of Christmas board books-it filled my Christmas-loving-soul to the brim. One year later, he’s a rowdy 18-month-old who loves a dance party, and while I’m completely in love with the sugar cookie party tradition, I just can’t convince myself that bowls of frosting and sprinkles and such with his… energy… is my best idea. So, we went simple. This is the Easy-Peasy Sugar Cookie recipe that requires no overnight chilling-goodness; it’s something like 30 minutes from start to finish. Love. That.
- 1 c. salted butter
- 2 c. sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 c. canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 5 c. flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Add everything else.
- Roll into balls.
- Press straight down with a fork, making perpendicular lines.
- Add sprinkles!
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
He’s just old enough to kind of help me dump in the ingredients. Old enough to be a cookie dough snitch (one more piece of evidence, my friends, that he is my child).
And definitely old enough to make a complete mess of the kitchen. (Which is why we’re outside eating the cookies. I needed to step out and breathe deeply before I headed back in to tackle the cookie aftermath.)
We’re eat-on-the-go kind of people around here.
This handsome little dude got his outfit from Macy’s. I love that he looks like a mini-man, all grown up with his sweater and jeans. Holiday dressing can get boring with the same old reds and greens, but this guy looks perfectly festive and ready to hit those holiday dance parties I mentioned he loves so much. Macy’s has all kinds of options for kids-from the Minions and Frozen prints to fully put together Nautica outfits, you’re sure to find exactly what you (and the kids!) are looking for. And because we like you, we’re giving away a $100 gift card to Macy’s!
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