Christmas is nearly here! The anticipation just keeps building, especially for a particular three year old little boy. We frequently talk about "the plan" for when Santa arrives... Most of his pretend play revolves around Santa, elves, & the Grinch, and he can be heard throwing out phrases like "coo of a dove" & "tore open the shutters and threw up the sash" on the regular. His excitement is contagious!
We've been busy with all sorts of Christmas fun, and I simply do not have time to blog it all. I so wish I could for memory keeping sake, but alas, you don't all need pictures of our zoo lights (where Liam oohed & ahhed over every. single. light.) nor our candy cane hunt (which thanks to this event, Liam now eats a minimum of one candy cane a day). Just let it be noted, the Christmas fun is in full swing! Somehow I have managed to fit in all sorts of festiveness without feeling one bit stressed. AND all my Christmas shopping was finished a few days ago. I'm nearly done with my wrapping, so the next few days will truly just be about enjoying my family and this wonderful season.
That was a lot of unplanned chit chat... What I really wanted to document was our day of sugar cookies! Yes an entire day! Our elf, Tinsel, pulled out all the cookie cutters to let Liam know we needed to get some cookies made in anticipation of Santa's arrival. Making everything from scratch is a must for me, so we started early in the morning with the dough. I use the exact same recipe that I grew up with. So much nostalgia comes with the whole process. The tastes, the smells, everything!
The dough must chill for a few hours, and that wait time is just painful for a toddler! I like how it spreads the activity out and forces Liam to slow down. He did however run to fridge multiple times thinking that surely the dough must be cold enough. Eventually we pulled out the rolling pin & the flour and prepared for some serious mess making! Liam's actually a pretty clean kid and is a rule follower, so I knew I wouldn't have to worry about my house being covered in various cookie bits, simply the kitchen table. There were angles, snowflakes, bells, stockings, & snowmen. But the Christmas tree shape was his favorite.
The baking process (the whole 6 minutes) was another painstaking wait, because Liam was ready for the main event. The mac daddy of it all. The ultimate part of sugar cookies. The decorating! We whipped up some frosting, and then whipped up more. One can never have too much frosting. We grabbed all the sprinkles, and let Liam have at it! I love his independence and desire to do things for himself. He honestly decorated cookies completely unassisted. He licked the frosting knife every few minutes and had sprinkles everywhere. He was meticulous, yet messy. But the pride he had for each and every cookie that he decorated was the most heartwarming thing!
Santa is going to absolutely love this cookies!!! My recipe is all about deliciousness, with no regard for aesthetics. Sure we could have done some fancy royal icing with pretty designs, but the overuse of sprinkles atop a far more tasty frosting is much much better. I have personally already eaten far too many! I look forward to this cookie tradition over the years to come. I cannot wait to have more little hands in the frosting, more giggles, & bigger messes!