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Christmas time is one of my most memory-filled times of the year. I find myself reliving events of my youth as I share similar events with my children. The big family get-togethers. The food, the fun, the gifts, the merriment all live on in my memories. Some of the family members are no longer living, so that makes my memories all the sweeter. We always gathered with my Mom’s family on Christmas Eve. We’d enjoy a large meal together, while talking and sharing. After all of the meal cleanup was done, the desserts would be laid out on the table. Oh my, the desserts. They were tasty and plentiful!
One of my favorite memories is my Mom in the kitchen. Mom was the baker of the family. She was the main person responsible for that heavily-laden dessert table. For a week leading up to Christmas Eve, Mom would bake and bake and bake some more. Pies of all types and style, candy, fudge, and my personal favorite, cookies of all varieties!
As Mom’s only daughter, my job was to decorate the mountain of sugar cookies that she’d bake. There were two long tables on our porch. This is where she would set up the sugar cookie decorating station for me. I would spend hours decorating her yummy sugar cookies with icing, sprinkles, dragees, non-pariels, and more.
What fun I had bringing the snowmen, reindeer, angels, stars, and Santas to life!
Today, I am the baker. My Mom is usually her to oversee my children as the decorators. I LOVE listening to my children creating with their Grammy. Sadly, this year, my folks are unable to be here to celebrate with us. It always makes me sad when they can’t be here for a holiday, but especially Christmas.
Instead of getting down about it, we decided to do something different. We are sending Mom a small care package of cookie items. This way, she can decorate cookies right along with us, although many miles away!
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To get into the Christmas spirit, we headed to the greeting card section of WalMart. Here, we found our favorite Hallmark cards. We spent some time looking over the cards to choose just the right one to accompany our care package. When we found this sugar cookie card, I knew we had to send it! We picked up a couple more since they were so sweet too!
We purchased a few more Hallmark items such as wrapping paper, twine, gift tags, gift bag, and then headed over to the Hallmark Christmas section to select an ornament to send along as well. For us, Hallmark Ornaments and Christmas go hand in hand. You see, another tradition of ours is that each year, we all select a new Hallmark ornament to place on our tree. Yes, our tree is now loaded each year, but as our children move out into homes of their own, how beautiful will it be to send them off with all of their ornaments from the time they celebrated their first Christmas?
Here’s one of my most favorite Hallmark ornaments. Since I spend a good amount of my time in the kitchen, it was a wonderful addition to my own Hallmark ornament collection!
We’ll package up some sugar cookie decorating items and send them to my Mom (and Dad, of course!), along with that cute sugar cookie card. Then, we can talk while she decorates her cookies and her grandchildren decorate theirs. It’s not the same thing as being there, but it’s as close as we can manage this year.
If you’d like to make the BEST sugar cookies ever this year, I’m sharing my Mom’s recipe below.
We’ve really been enjoying listening to Christmas music on the Hallmark Pandora station. Check it out here!
What is your very favorite Christmas memory? I’d LOVE for you to share it here!
- 4 cups flour
- 2 ts baking powder
- 1 scant ts baking soda
- ½ ts salt
- ½ ts nutmeg
- 1 cup soft butter
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 ts vanilla
- Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy.
- Beat in sour cream and vanilla until smooth.
- Gradually add in flour mixture, beating until well combined.
- Form dough into 4 parts. Refrigerate to chill.
- Heat oven to 375*. Grease cookie sheets lightly (I use Silpat liners, so don't use much flour at all)
- Cut out, place on sheet 2" apart, making sure to put similarly sized cut outs on each sheet.
- You can bake at this point and frost. Or you can sprinkle with sugar and place a raisin on top.
- Bake about 10-12 minutes, just until they are done - no real color on top, but brown on the bottom.
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