Friday, November 30, 2012
Family traditions are fun to have and make wonderful memories. Although not the healthiest in traditions in our house are the various Christmas Cookies and cakes that I give as gifts. One thing I have learned from Spark People and my nutritionist it is OK to have some of the goodies as long as you do not do it ALL the time and over indulge.
Many of you have seen my postings of baking cookies and spending the day in the kitchen baking something for someone some of you even asked me to come make your cookies OH HOW I WOULD LOVE TO cyberspace myself to visit and bake for you!!
My Mom always made Christmas sugar cookies with us when we were little and I in turn passed that along to my son who when he was younger would make the cookies and we would painstakingly (more of me than my son) decorate them. Alas I tossed all my cake decorating tools away I really had no need for it so I have not made Frosted Christmas Sugar cookies in a few years. Last year when my Mom passed away I could not even bring myself to look at the cookie cutter tin because she gave me her Christmas cookie cutters years ago. This year my son kept on asking me for his favorite cookie "Frosted sugar Cookies" and I kept saying no and then I saw they had "cookie icing" in the bake aisle and my Dad said I will buy it and you can try it so we came home form the grocery store with the icing.
Yesterday I made the dough and put it away in the fridge to chill, when I started rolling out the dough and listening to Christmas carols I was mindful of all that my Mom did for me at Thanksgiving and Christmas and of course my Dad lives next door and continues in the new holiday memories. I had about 3 cookies cut out when my son walked in from work and he just looked at me with such CHILDFUL JOY and a tear in his eye and said LET ME HELP YOU MAKE THEM!!! So yesterday afternoon he and I made Frosted Christmas sugar cookies and I did take a ribbing for having the "store bought" icing when all was said and done my 30 year old son looked at me so tenderly and I knew Christmas Traditions are important.
He will be getting married next year and he said "will you continue this with my children?"
Wonder what my Mom would have thought of that. THANKS MOM for passing down Christmas Traditions!