The holidays usually entail traditions – tried-and-true family traditions that have survived the test of time, and the blossoming of new traditions made with friends, family or maybe even new loved ones that have joined in on all the fun.
Growing up, one of my favorite parts about the holidays was the one-on-one time my mom and I would carve out together leading up to Christmas. Usually two weeks before Christmas we clear off the dining table at my parents’ house, and prep for an afternoon of baking. This was alwaysourspecial day just between us girls that we would share during the holiday season, and to this day, we still make time for it.
From classic sugar cookie cut-outs and fun decorating, to powdered-galore snowball cookies, to snicker doodles, to my new favorite California Giant blueberry chocolate chip cookies, and I can’t forget about the homemade toffee, we spend the day entire making it all (and yes... testing it all, too). We usually go out and pick up festive tin-containers beforehand and fill them to the brim with all our creations and deliver them to our neighbors, closest friends and family – and of course, we save a container for ourselves to continue to indulge in leading up to Christmas!
In a little over a week we’ll be sitting around the dining table, blasting holiday tunes, making a mess, crying in laughter (per usual) and catching up just the two of us before the family-gatherings kick off. These traditions – big or small - are what the holidays are all about. Cherishing the little things, relishing in those joyful moments spent with family, and taking a little extra time to bond with the ones you love.
What are some holiday traditions in your family that you look forward to most? Or, are you hoping to kick off some new traditions this year? I want to hear all about it! Leave a comment below to share some moments you can’t wait for this December season – and if you’re anything like me and love to get into the baking spirit – share your favorite cookie recipes too! For more cookie recipe inspiration, enter our Merry, Berry & Bright Cookie Exchange promotion between now and January 4th. You can simply upload your favorite cookie recipe here, and be entered in for a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 gift cards. Happy Holidays!