What an amazing few weeks it has been prepping for Christmas! I hope all of you have enjoyed the little moments as much as we have. It truly is a beautiful time of the year.
As a young family, it’s been super important for us to try to build our own traditions. John and I think about it often and try to make an effort to create consistent moments that our kids can look back on and feel the love in their memories. Since our extended families have drifted away from our old traditions, we both wanted something on Christmas Eve that we could start this year and build on each year as our kids grow. So, we had a full-on Santa Cookie baking day — full of Christmas music, lots of yummy decorations, a yummy warm meal at the end of the day, and our Christmas Jammies to wait for Santa.
I started with prepping all of the materials before my sister and her family arrived. I pre-made the dough 2 nights prior so that it was nice and chilled for rolling out. The recipe we use is here (without the baking soda). I also made two types of icing that morning in several colors each — one batch of Royal Icing and one batch of softer cream cheese frosting (I figured this would be easier for the kids to work with). Then, I had way too much fun setting up a beautiful display all of our our goodies and decorations (a feast for the eyes!).
I bought us all coordinating aprons from Williams Sonoma so that we could get super festive and in the holiday spirit (I love that they make them in Kids’ sizes…the kiddos looked so adorable in them!). I rolled those up and tied them in ribbons to display on a cake stand to surprise the kids with some fun when they arrived.
When everyone arrived we got to work — rolling dough, cutting shapes, baking cookies, and eventually decorating each one. I just love how the kids’ cookies turned out. The personality of each one is so fun to see.
It was a TON of work, but so worth it. It really was such an amazing day and such a fun time. The kids had an absolute blast playing in the background and they thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the process with us (and sneaking LOTS of cookie dough bites!). The best part is we all had beautiful cookies to leave out for Santa that night.
Hopefully we can continue to build new traditions with our other holidays and Christmas will also continue to evolve. It is so fun creating these moments for our kids!