It’s fall, y’all!
This is my absolute favorite time of the year. I know it’s only November, but I am planning for the holidays NOW and have already started preparing for all of our holiday traditions. When I was a kid, my dad would take one day each year to bake cookies. He would make hundreds, double and triple batches of all our favorite Christmas cookies. We would have peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, gingersnaps and snickerdoodles and what felt like dozens more. He’d be in the kitchen all day, singing along with Christmas songs while my sisters and I came and went and helped when we could. The best part was the next day, when we would wrap all the cookies up on paper plates, and deliver them to our friends, neighbors, coworkers and community members. We spread the joy all over town!
When I think about my childhood, Dad’s cookie day stands out in my mind as the happiest days. We’ve lived too far from home for the past…. forever…. to go home for Christmas. I really wish we could travel back, but with a family as large as mine is, plane tickets are just too expensive. So, it’s up to me to keep the tradition going. I want my kids to have the same happy memories of a kitchen full of cookies and smiling neighbors.
Getting ready for cookie day requires a couple things. If I am going to load up dozens of plates of cookies in my van, I have to take the time to get my van ready to go. I don’t know about your van, but mine is pretty much a rolling trashcan on any given day. It was also way overdue for an oil change after all the driving I did this summer.
So- off we went to Walmart’s Tire and Lube center to get a quick oil change while I got all the supplies we needed for our cookies. Our Walmart is a SuperCenter, so I was able to get cookie supplies and packaging for the goodies. They have all their Christmas stuff out, so we stocked up early on all the things we needed. When I picked up the van, I was able to check out with everything all in one spot, and they even vacuumed out the front of the van.
When we got home, the kids were so excited about our upcoming cookie bonanza that we made a trial run and packaged them up nicely for our friends. I’ve had her plate on my kitchen counter for at least a month- I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to get it back! I put together these gift tags to use this holiday season- get your copy!