The Christmas/holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. More so now that I have children. All the magic comes back and all my memories of the traditions from my childhood.
One of my favorite traditions was traveling to upstate New York to visit my grandparents and decorating sugar cookies. My grandmother would have prebaked hundreds of cookies in every shape and size. She would start after thanksgiving and freeze them and then pull them out so we could decorate. She would cover the entire dining room table with stack and stacks of cookies. We would have bowls of different color frosting and containers of sprinkles, coconut and candy.
We listened to Christmas music and sang our hearts out. We decorated half a dozen cookies before we lost patience and we ate a half a dozen as we were doing this. Eventually we would be getting sloppy and my mom would send us out for a sledding break and fresh air to work off our sugar high. This tradition was not really about the cookies, it was about the sugar (love). A time to get together and a time to reminisce. It also meant that it was closer to when Santa was going to come. So we had to make him his perfect cookie. This was a wonderful family tradition with our grandparents, who put so much love and hard work into making it so special for us.
As we got older it got harder to get together and now, my older sister, Vanessa has carried on the sugar cookie tradition hemsida. It is her way of honoring our grandparents and showing her love for us and our children. Traditions like these bring you together with your loved ones and reinforces the customs from one generation to the next.
The morale of the story is that the sugar cookies, not only raised our blood sugar levels :), it reinforced our blood line. My grandmother has a secret ingredient in her sugar cookie recipe, which is sour cream. But I think it was that she was the sweetener.
The holidays are not about the presents it is about being present. The gift of time spent is invaluable.
Some supplies that you will need:
- Stand Mixer
- Cookie Cutter
- Rolling Pins
- Frosting (we make our own with powdered sugar and water glaze with a pinch of salt and a food coloring of your choice, but these are easy)
- Christmas Cookie Boxes
- Baking sheets
What are your family traditions?