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Christmas Memories—Cookies!!

I have these warm and fuzzy memories of Christmas time as a child. My mom baked, she made crafts with me, took me ice skating along with a plethora of other activities that made me cry when Christmas was over. These memories even evoke a few tears now as I think of her and all of the sacrifices she made to create a magical holiday experience for me as a child as a single mother. There is no doubt in my mind that if she was still here she would be taking it to the next level for my children. Unfortunately she isn’t, so I have to grab the torch and start creating memories for my children. I must say I am a bit disappointed in myself for not creating a better experience for my son. However, there is no better time than the present to make a change. Lil Man is now 5, the perfect age for me to start creating awesome holiday memories for him. Over the next few weeks, I will post a series called “Christmas Memories” under which I will detail projects, and places that we attend in starting our own family Christmas traditions. For all my faithful readers for the 4,589th time you know I don’t cook, I don’t bake and I’m not crafty so these posts are sure to pack holiday cheer and laughter in the literal sense!

Last night started the festivities. He asked about making Christmas cookies, and I promised him we would, but that was before I realized I was exhausted. For those of you with children around Lil Man’s age you already know there is no such thing as making a promise and not sticking to it. He must have asked a million times when we were going to start on the cookies. It was in the best interest of my sanity to stand by my word, so I headed out in the pouring rain toWalmart for cookie cutters, cookie mix and sugar and we made cookies…..


All supplies on deck




Let’s get this party started




Mixing it up



The next step called for flattening the dough on a floured surface. I decided to put the flour on the kitchen table so he could reach, and since I don’t have a rolling pin we had to improvise and use a carafe *gotta stay quick on your feet*



He’s working it out…



Dad even joined in on the fun after calling me out for the bootleg rolling pin


The end product…I turned my back for a minute, thus the insane amount of sugar

Check out Lil Mama eyeing the cookies with the open hand

After all was said and done he was so happy..and that made me ecstatic. We sat down together and enjoyed them with a glass of milk over a mother and son discussion about his day. I think our first activity went over well!
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

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21 Comments

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    K*Rock
    November 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

    What a great start! And I love how you improvised!

    kristinhassan.blogspot.com

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    Sha Boogie
    November 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Totally cute! Makes me think (wishfully) about creating and starting my own memories. Right now all we do is put up the tree annually, lol. But, the baby is 14 months so I think I have a little time…

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    BESOS LYNN
    November 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I know your pain, but in the end its all worth it! I love xmas and you are so right to carry on the traditions your mother started with you. I love xmas so much, I once (or twice) had up to 4 trees decorated in different themes in my home. Way over the top xmas fan! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with, I will stay tuned.
    besos, lynn

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    Sharina
    November 30, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Awwww how sweet! So cute! I have such warm and exciting memories of this time as year that my parents created for my brother and I when we were children. I love snuggling up with the kids watching all the classic Christmas cartoons, baking, taking them ice skating, driving around to look at Christmas lights, and of course decorating the house and tree!

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with now that I'm back and catching up with all my followers 🙂

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    GG
    November 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Awww! I love setting new traditions for my kids to look back on just like mine. Lil mama looks like she's really concentrating on how she's gonna get her hands on those cookies.

    Is she teething?? My daughter is going THROUGH IT right now. I wish those teeth would hurry up and come through because they are giving her (and me) a hard time.

    And um yeah, your hair is gorgeous.

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    Vic
    November 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    there is nothing better than baking with the kids….i absolutely love it! i know my kids will remember and yours will too…it's awesome! and they turned out marvelous! great job lil man!:) keep em comin!

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    YUMMama
    November 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Makes me want to start baking some cookies.

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    Lisa Fergus
    December 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

    So fun! You have a beautiful family…and you look amazing!!
    I love how you let him do the mixing and rolling out of the dough. I can't wait for my 2 year old to get a bit bigger so we can do this stuff! He does stir, but no way am I handing my guy a glass craft!!! haaaa

    http://stilettosanddiaperbags.blogspot.com/

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    Interior Intensive
    December 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Love it!! Can't wait til my little one is that old to actually participate and be coherent in those sort of activities!! Beautiful family!!

    http://www.interiorintensiveblogspot.com

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    Casey Martinez
    December 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Yeah for Christmas cookies now I'm going to go buy the stuff to make some!!! What a great idea;). YUMMM and good for you for passing on the love of tradition and special holiday memories to your kids as you too enjoyed it so much.

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    Erika at BluLabel Bungalow
    December 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    This post does give me something to think about. What a wonderful way to carry on and create your own traditions! I need to stop what I'm doing and take a page out of your book. Thanks for the inspiration, Bestie.

    P.S. Addision is a trip. She's going to get her hands on one when you least expect it!

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    Sassy Wife
    December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Oh how I heart this post! I love Christmas and my grandmother always made sure we had a magical time! I get all giddy and joyful during this time..I love decorating and making our place standout (which is what my gmom did)I love the "carafe" way to go mom!!
    BTW-Your hair looks gorgeous!!!!

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    Bonhomie Jewelry
    December 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    how awesome is that!! my little man has been asking about Christmas cookies for the past 3 days but I've been putting him off. bad mama!

    we just started an advent calendar that was made by my husband's aunt (a quilt advent calendar with tiny ornaments – so cool!!) and this is the first year that he actually decorated the tree instead of just playing with the ornaments 😉

    you look fabulous, btw!

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    Mimi
    December 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks Guys..I really appreciate it!

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    michi
    December 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    My brother and I would build and decorate Gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and various candy! We did it until I was about 21 and he 11 it was awesome. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to participate.

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    Kelli Flournoy
    December 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Awwwww sister, this is a great post! I totally know what you mean about reflecting back on Christmas childhood memories. I know you don't cook but lil man and lil mama will have no memory of that…they will only remember when "me and mommy made sugar cookies and we all ate them together"

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    Show Me Mama
    December 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    How wonderful! love it. I am your new follower. You can follow me back at http://showmemama.com. Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

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    Christine
    December 3, 2010 at 7:46 am

    HAHHAHA! Your little ones are such cuties! I love the last pic! I could see my littlest one doing the same thing!

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      Char
      June 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Wonderful explanation of facts aviaallbe here.

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    L. Eleana Johnson
    December 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Your babies are so cute. Girl you don't look exhausted at all on this pic. Glad you got the energy to make the cookies. Looks like your son really enjoyed it.

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    Carla
    December 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Its a good thing that you're starting your own traditions. As a single mother, I try my best to make holidays, as well as everyday, as special and memorable as I can.

    Those cookies look tasty!

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