December is one of my favorite months of the year, filled with sugary treats and generous signs of goodwill towards others. My family’s Christmas cookie party is one of the traditions I look forward to each year.
When I was little, my mother would invite all the neighborhood children over to our house for an afternoon of cookie frosting, games, and Christmas cartoon specials. Tablecloths covered the kitchen and family room floors where children with plates of cookies, sprinkles, and frosting would sit.
Before the day was over frosting and sprinkles would be on children, clothes, carpet, and cookies. At the end of the day, mom would wrap up any remaining cookies and send them off with families as they picked up their happy kids.
My mom originally came up with the idea as a way to give back to the neighborhood. By hosting the neighborhood cookie party, she gave the gift of time to the parents. The cookie treats were always treasured by the neighbors because their children decorated them.
This year the cookie tradition continues at my mom’s house, but this time it is the grandkids that get to join the neighborhood kids and frost cookies. The cookie decorating tradition continues to be a festivity our family looks forward to every year.
This holiday tradition continues with many of my brothers and sisters as we host Christmas cookie parties in our own neighborhoods. Tomorrow learn how to plan and host your own neighborhood Christmas cookie party.
– Carolyn Flynn
Flickr photo by sushiesque
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? What childhood memories do you continue with your own family. Share in the comments below.