It’s that time of year again. When everyone is in the holiday spirit and eating all the things!
A tradition of mine is to bake Christmas cookies! The tradition started when I was 6 years old with my Aunt Nancy. We started out small, just making a few cookies for our family, but then continued to bake cookies each year – making more and more cookies every year.
When I was little, I even made a special sign that my aunt would pull out every year and put up on her front door that said, “Nancy and Jackie’s Bakery”.
Now when I say we made cookies, I’m not just saying we used store bought dough and made 2 dozen cookies. I mean, we went all out, from scratch, dozens upon dozens of cookies.
This tradition was something that meant a lot to me. I enjoyed spending time with my aunt and it was always a blast to be working with her making cookies from morning until night. (Often times my uncle would come home in the evening, sneak a few cookies, eat some dinner with us, and retire to the living room while we continued baking into the night.)
About 4 or 5 years ago, my aunt moved to Colorado (I live in Michigan, so quite the hike!) and I was upset when it came time to do our annual baking. Then something wonderful happened! My best friend, Jessica, stepped up and helped me bake that year.
Since then, we have been keeping the tradition going strong!
This year, was no different. Except! This year, more people joined in on the fun. Instead of just Jessica and I, Neal, my friend from grade school, and Jessica’s mom, also helped. We also had another helper, Adrianna, Joe’s daughter. She enjoyed working in the kitchen and even built a gingerbread house with her dad during the whole thing!
Thank you to everyone for keeping the tradition going! It means a lot to me.
Oh and Aunt Nancy, be on the lookout for your annual cookie delivery! :)