Mr. Mate and I just finished up a week of holiday festivities that were shared with his family as well as my brother, sister-in-law, and her family. It was a treat to have both families in town and we came together for dinner on Christmas Eve. It wasn’t elaborate, but tasty and simple, and made special by the company.
|Orphaned cookies from our cookie decorating party|
For a number of years growing up my auntie would make batches and batches of cookies with me and my sister before Christmas–can you say thumbprints and Russian tea cakes!? While we haven’t done much to carry on the tradition since moving to Seattle seven years ago, this December we hosted a cookie decorating party mid month and then made another batch of gingerbread people for icing with Mr. Mate’s family. While the cookies weren’t very good (a sore spot for someone who loves cookies), it was fun to see the creativity that emerged, and a sweet way to feel close to absent family and carry on a tradition in a new way.
|Gingerbread representations of family|
This year is winding down fast and during the next few days I’ll take down the pine boughs that stood in for a Christmas tree, pack away the selection of ornaments that made it out of a banker’s box of holiday miscellany, and enjoy the rest of delicious homemade treats gifted to us (we lucked out hosting parents who eschew carbs!).
Here’s hoping your holidays were warm and bright and that 2012 brings you health, happiness, and a whole lot of sweetness!