Cookies, Cookies, Cookies … and Ornaments

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Today, nine whole years ago, I said yes to a first date. We made Christmas sugar cookies. (Not a euphemism.) And we talked and talked and laughed and laughed. We were falling in love.


Every year since then, we celebrate our date-iversary by making cookies and listening to holiday music, talking and talking, laughing and laughing. Rolling out the dough and wrapping ourselves up in this life we’ve built together. We also give each other a holiday music CD. It can be serious (Johnny Mathis) or jokey (The Biebz), just as long as it’s got that Christmas spirit. Our holiday music CD collection even has its own special (ahem, cheap giveaway) carrying case.

About three years ago, we got a lovely idea from our then babysitter. She said that her parents have been exchanging ornaments at Christmas for decades. So we jacked it, and that’s what we do as well on December 18th.

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This year we’ve added something else to some of these traditions — a whole other person, actually. The Youngster is ALLLL about the holiday tunage. He knows “The 12 Days of Christmas” from the drummers drummin’ right down to that little birdie in the pear tree. He digs upbeat versions of “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas” (aye-aye-aye-I’m dreamin’ of a White. Chris’masss). He’s down for it all. And for the sugar cookies? Got me a giggling sous-chef ready to get crackin’ on them cut-outs. Plus, hearing: “Oh, Mom. These cookies are deeeelicious!” is always a nice touch.



Basically, you can keep Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. Those holidays are fine, but nothing beats Christmas. It’s my forever favorite. The tree, the carols, the cookies, the ornaments, the twinkling this and sparkling that, the cheer and goodwill — I look forward to all of it.

What’s your favorite part of this time of year? Any family traditions that you wouldn’t trade for anything?

  • 1
    Alyssa says:

    So sweet! What a lovely family tradition! And congrats on your date-aversary! Four years later, we still celebrate ours too :)

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      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Thanks, Alyssa! These celebrations are important. Holding on to them, holding them high — definitely a good thing.

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    Skye says:

    Y’all are sweet!

    We let our pre-wedding New Year’s eve tradition of going out for ice cream lapse when our kiddo was bitty, but we’re bringing it back this year and moving it to New Year’s Day so we can bring him along and not worry about the drunk drivers. The ice cream place we like has a photo booth so we’ll get back to doing that too, all three of us now! :)

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      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      What a sweet tradition, Skye. Happy, Merry, Joy to you and your family!