Wednesday, December 05, 2012
I love Christmas! I love cooking and baking. I love decorating cookies. So why would I give that up? I felt it was right and so I did it.
No more holiday baking . at. all.
I don't regret it one bit. For one thing, I am super busy at work in December so if I wanted to bake it would feel like an obligation, not a celebration. So I give myself permission to only keep the traditions that are fun and make me happy. No baking.
I really don't think cookies are worth the calories. I feel lousy after I eat them, too. If I'm going to indulge, I would much rather have some wine and cheese or a lovely, exotic fruit salad. I really would!
We get baked goods as gifts. I used to kind of groan inside when someone gave me brownies/cookies/fudge/candy/c
ake as a gift. I would wonder if anyone would notice if I pitched it in the trash can. Now, since I don't bake, I don't mind those gifts at all! I put them out for guests and my family gets a few goodies. I might even eat a cookie or two myself. Notice how I said "a cookie or two" not a whole pan of brownies! They seem special...the way a gift should seem.
I like to cook. Sure baking is fun, but so is making soup. A nice healthy vegetable chowder or festive roasted veggies are fun to make, too. It's also fun to try something fancy-schmancy for a holiday meal. Truth be told, I like caramelized onions better than colored sugar sprinkles anyway.
So how about you? Do you bake for the holidays? If so, how do you handle it?