It is Christmas Eve day. I have not wrapped but one present!!! That is on the agenda for the rest of the day. I am soo enjoying the holiday season this year. I attribute that to the fact that I am not working right now. I have had all kinds of time to bake, decorate, and enjoy all the wonder that is going on that is part of the holidays.
As usual, I forgot to take a picture of all the cookies I baked, packaged, and gave to friends and neighbors. Here is one I took of a box just as it was headed out the door to be enjoyed by its’ recipient.
I just love Christmas cookies: baking them, decorating them, giving them away, and eating them. Especially eating them. The decorated frosted sugar cookies are my Grandma’s recipe. I even use her cookie cutters. They are so much smaller than todays version. Everything has been super-sized—even cookie cutters! That round candy to Santa’s left is a Turtle Pretzel. It was a new addition to my Christmas line-up and it has made the cut—soo delicious and very addictive. That was the only candy item that I made this year. I also made Ring-a-Lings which are the thumbprint cookies filled with jam. That is the name they went by in my house. Swedish Spritz (or pressed cookies) are ALWAYS on the list right behind the frosted and decorated sugar cookies. I also made a black and white stacked cookie and little spicy gingerbread men with chocolate glaze.
I was contacted by a gal to make cookies for their family Christmas celebration. What an honor. She had a theme in mind and asked for snowflakes, “Mr. Melty” cookies, which are the melted snowman cookies, and twisted candy canes.
What a delicious looking bunch of cookies! What are your family favorites?
I told you in my last post that I was making a Christmas stocking for a little girl by the name of Chloe that is celebrating her very first Christmas this year. Her grandpa asked me to make it for her. He had originally called to find out where you can buy a special Christmas stocking and I didn’t know of anywhere except ordering by mail and I didn’t think he had time left for that option. Somehow, I heard myself agreeing to make a one-of-a-kind stocking for his first granddaughter. I seem to get myself into these kind of situations! So, without further ado, here is Miss Chloe’s Christmas stocking.
Merry first Christmas Chloe! The entire stocking is stitched, appliqued, sequined and beaded by hand. I hope she enjoys it for the rest of her Christmases. Did you notice that little bell at the top?
In a few years, her Mom will be able to say, “If you lay real still when you go to bed and listen very carefully, you might be able to hear that little bell jingle when Santa comes to fill your stocking.” That should work at getting her to bed and to sleep for a few years anyway.
I think I hear those cookies calling my name….. I didn’t tell you which cookies are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie, did I? Well….My grandma’s frosted sugar cookies are my all time favorite but those I can make all year round for all different holidays. The ones that I only make at Christmas are the Swedish Spritz or pressed cookies. I have a deep LOVE for them. They are dangerous for me to have around. I can eat them like popcorn.
These cookies right here! They are so cute and so delicious. They are calling my name. I am going to bid you a farewell for today and go enjoy them with a cup of Christmas tea. Merry Christmas all. I hope you have a wonderful day.