I am a total holiday junkie. I’m talking planning out menus and outfits for Thanksgiving (I was a slacker this year), putting the tree up as soon as Thanksgiving is over, baking cookies for Santa, leaving carrots for Rudolph, and Christmas movies kinda junkie.
Every year, my family and I have a couple traditions that we enjoy and do together. We all pile into a car or two and ride around the city looking at Christmas lights. We make sure to “oooh and ahhh” as we drive pass. We literally visit the same house every year because, they decorate their entire property with life size Santa’s, trains, inflatables, and of course lots of lights. They even pass out cookies and hot cocoa dressed as Santa and Mrs. Clause.
My youngest brother and I bake cookies and it’s become the tradition that the cookies burn. I can’t explain the “Burnt Christmas cookie” phenomenon but it happens every year! Last year, we made them from scratch instead of using the normal pack and they didn’t burn. Bummer. (Recipe will be below).
I normally put together a Christmas Eve gift for my Godchildren that includes new pajamas, a movie, and a snack for them to enjoy as a family. I cannot wait to start that tradition with my little one. Having a baby really made my holiday spirit kick into overdrive and I cannot wait to experience it thru his eyes.
So, do you celebrate the holidays? If so, what kind of traditions do you partake in with your family and friends? Fill me in down below!
Our little tree:
Santa’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
Until next time…
Ho, ho, ho,