Christmas is my very favorite time of year. I love everything about it. It’s cold with a chance of snow, football season, cookies and being able to spoil my family just a bit more than usual. I love to give and especially to me family.
Back in the Day
My parents always made Christmas special. Every year, no matter what. I grew up in New Hampshire and miss being back in New England sometimes. We would always go out to a Christmas tree farm and pick out a tree. I always felt like that was the start of the season for us. The smell is just something like no other. No matter what candle i get it will never replace the smell of a real Christmas tree. Maybe I should just buy a real one and plant it in my house. Kidding. Not really.
The best thing about our tree was how we decorated it. We always did it as a family and i just over seeing all the ornaments hanging there. Old and new. Handmade ones too hanging there in all of their elementary goodness. My mom would always top it off with tinsel and my dad did the star.
My parents always used to let us open one gift on Christmas Eve and it was never anything huge but I loved that. One year the gift was something I would use forever. My mom had handmade a Christmas Stocking for both my brother and I and it matched this amazing handmade Christmas tree skirt. I LOVED it. It was just so special and amazing to me. I use that stocking even to this day. I have thought of retiring it to keep it from getting ruined but I just don’t have the heart to. It is part of Christmas!!
The baking at Christmas is always the best! I LOVE Christmas cookies. They are my favorite food. EVER. Especially the frosted variety with peppermint. YUM YUM! My mom always made a couple of varieties of cookies each year and I do the same now. I think I eat way more of them than my kids do so maybe I should make less this year. LOL Here is one of my favorite cookie recipes…straight from my Mom!!
- 2 ¾ c flour
- 1 ½ c packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 c sour cream
- ½ c shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Cover & chill. Drop by level teaspoons 2” apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake about 10 minutes. Frost when cool.
Frosting: Heat ½ c butter over low heat until golden. Remove from heat and mix in approximately 2 c powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Stir in hot water until spreading consistency.
What is your favorite Christmas memory and if you have a favorite cookie recipe too I’d love to hear it.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!