“Food should be chosen for nutritive values, of course, but also to give variety and interest to meals. Food should be chosen to give pleasure, and to cheer up people after a hard day’s work, to comfort them when they feel down for some reason, to amuse them when things seems a bit dull, or to open up conversation when they feel silent and uncommunicative.” – Edith Schaeffer
My Mom never made sugar cookies during Christmas. They weren’t really my favorites anyways, so I didn’t feel like I missed much.
What she would do was make mounds of chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal scotchies, and whatever morsel type cookie that was on sale a day or two before Christmas Eve, fill goodie basket upon goodie basket and passed those out to friends and family alike! My teachers even got yummy treats during the holidays in cute mugs.
Some years she added fudge and would stick andes candies in the goodie baskets (all depending on what was on sale).
She was an incredible baker (still is, I must say) and those baskets were just right for Christmas gifts! I was the happy little girl who could help her Mom pour and mix those ingredients together, knowing that others were going to enjoy those treats (and I could sneak one or two myself!).
We talked during those times.
We sang Christmas Carols.
It was a blast! My fondest Christmas memories are with my Mom.
Another woman who amazed me in the cookie baking department is my husband’s grandmother.
It took me awhile to get used to some of the thousands of cookies she made because there was more of a German touch to many of them (they are not for the feint of heart! lol).
Leibkuchen, Anise drops, bon bons (my first experience ever having any!), honey cookies, and whatever cookies have tons of spices (I have the list somewhere!).
Every year they would have stollen, especially around Christmas day. She would have tins upon tins of cookies made every Christmas until the last year or so before she died.
All her grandkids share fond memories of how funny she was during that season. The songs she would sing, the love she showed and so many other things.
I don’t think I could ever be fully like these two incredible, amazing women.
I am so blessed to have been a recipient of their love and creative hands that put others before themselves, even as they made cookies to bring joy to others.
But I can try to do some of it with my own kids, one babystep at a time.
“There is something very positive in being involved in the creativity which is so basic to life.” -Edith Schaeffer
I think we forget that is isn’t always about the thing we are making. Sometimes it is just being part of the process of making and creating food and goodies together for others. The time we spend with one another, the memories made…isn’t that a part of why we celebrate Christmas?
So far this week I’ve made two types of cookies (mostly eaten by my family!). The joy of sharing some cookies with neighbors and the kids next door warms you right down to your toes.
Especially when they were least expecting it!
One gave me this “Wow, for me?” smile and I think sometimes that is how it feels when God gives us something we didn’t expect at all.
(I am amazed this year I haven’t burnt any cookies yet! Lol) Each day I have one of my kids ask if we can make more cookies and it has been really fun. Amazing what even simple cookies can do! Just a cookie can change the atmosphere of a home. It can bring others into the creative process!
Be inspired today!
(If you are looking for something to get you into cookie mode, Amanda Bennett has a great unit study on cookies! Click here to view more details!)