It all started when I was a little girl and my grandmother came over and we made Christmas cookies to serve on Christmas day. We would make a few traditional polish cookies and the good old chocolate chip and sugar cookie cut outs. It was a fun memory.
I thought it would be a great idea to continue the tradition when I had children of my own. So each year me, my sister, sister in law, my mom, children and nephews gather at my house to make 7 different types of cookies. We each receive a tray to serve at our own houses, or to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. We also put together 6-7 trays for my neighbors. One of the reasons is quite selfish, if I had those cookies in my house I would eat 2 dozen a day. You think I am exaggerating, but on cookie day I ate at least 20, it wiped out my calorie count for the day. Good thing I ran in the morning and did ab work to prepare but it still put me over my limit.
The most important reason that my children and nephews deliver the cookies to the neighbors is so they can learn how to give to others and not receive anything in return. I want to teach them to work hard and take what they worked for and give it for the good of others. They give to the neighbors, some of whom are not home to say thank you, others are very appreciative. In our culture that teaches what you work for should be yours and you NEVER have to share, I am teaching my children to work hard to share! I think they are learning the lesson.
Happy Cookie Baking Day from my family to yours.