Marshmallow Mondays


Christmas = Cookies
12.13.10, 5:23 AM
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It’s cookie time!

One thing I do every year just before Christmas is bake cookies.  It’s not because I really enjoy eating them either.  In fact, my sweet tooth resides more on the side of tiramisu and cheesecake.  I bake cookies because I really do like to bake, but mainly because of all the memories I have from my childhood baking with my mom, my aunt and my two cousins.  We’d spend an entire day in the kitchen baking dozens and dozens of everyone’s favorite Christmas cookie while listening to Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music.  My mom and my aunt let us measure out the ingredients, lick the beaters and place our favorite colored sprinkles onto the sugar cookies.  Then one of my cousins would do something dumb and my aunt would chase him around the table with the spatula. 

Those days of baking are some of the best memories of Christmas I have from when I was kid.  There was something extra special, extra fun and extra memorable about spending that time with my mom, as well as with my aunt and my cousins.  We looked forward to it every year, and it just never got old.  Even as I got older and moved on to college and eventually moved into my first apartment, baking cookies was something I always found time to do, even if I did it alone.  And now with a family of my own, it gives me a huge sense of satisfaction to know that I’m carrying on a childhood tradition.

Now it’s Rydan who is asking me “Bridgie, can I dump the flour into the bowl?”  “Bridgie, can I help you stir that?”  and of course he never forgets to remind me… “Bridgie, I’m the taste-tester, so tell me when the cookies are ready to taste.”  I won’t lie, there are certainly times when his excitement can test my patience, but all it takes is thinking about myself at 6 years old and remembering how badly I wanted to help my mom, and how much fun it was to be a part of the cookie-baking process. 

Something so simple as dumping ingredients into a bowl is such an intriguing and rewarding act for a child.  It takes only seconds to pick up the measuring cup or tablespoon and dump the contents.  For an adult, it’s really not that big of a deal.  However, it seems that every child is absolutely thrilled and so very eager to be “the dumper.”  Why do I mention this?  I guess it’s because as I was watching Rydan watch me bake yesterday, I realized that as parents, we all have something in common with our kids.  We eventually grow out of that “dumping” excitement, but if we take the time to recall that same excitement from our own childhood days, it makes the whole experience of being a parent that much more gratifying.

Though my mom and I don’t spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen together anymore, we still share a little something when it comes to Christmas cookies.  Every year she gives me the same round tin with the Christmas trees on the side and asks me to fill it with  Butterscotch Almond Cookies.  Had it not been for all of those days of baking with her when I was little, I never would have learned to bake cookies, let alone give her a special batch of her own each Christmas.  Time will tell if Rydan or Lily will one day prepare a special batch for me!

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I can’t wait to eat these with you again this year!

Comment by Addie




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