small pieces of joy

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C is for Cookie

on December 13, 2010

Thanks to all those who shared their song choices and movie quotes. The comments really made me smile!!

Today is dedicated to one small thing that never ceases to make me feel the Christmas spirit: decorating Christmas Cookies!! Now this tradition started when I was a little kid. Grandma would have me over and she would already have the cookies baked and all I needed to do was be creative. This continued through last year, with many more grandchildren fighting for the green frosting. This year Jonathan and I will not be able to make it to Grandma’s cookie decorating festivities, so I decided to share the tradition with some of our friends here. And here is the story.

Christmas Cookie Decorating: a small thing of large JOY

Our story begins with delicious sugar cookie dough, ready to be transformed into a delicious cookie.

Then, once perfectly formed, they were placed on the cookie tray.

The pressure was too much for one snowman. He tried to run away, but he met a more folded fate.

After I gave the dough a pep talk, it was ready to go into the oven to be perfected. They came out toasty warm and looking delicious.

The cookies needed some time to rest before they moved to decorating stage, so here they are enjoying their stay on cooling racks.

Once the cookies were nice and relaxed they were transferred to a temporary home where they found new friends of their own kind.

The cookies then realized that the decorating phase might change who they are more than they could control. The decorators were ready and full of creativity for the awaiting cookies.

The first cookie to emerge was not your normal gingerbread man.

It was an Avatar! He learned the ways of Ewah extraordinarily fast and wanted to share them with the rest of the cookies. But before he could, an angy green man appeared.

Jealous of the Avatar’s large yellow eyes (and a little emotionally unstable) Enzo Matrix from the cartoon ReBoot, decided to take matters into his own hands. Here is what resulted.

Yes, that is cookie carnage.

So once the duel of manliness ended, it was time for the classy ladies to come out. First we have a lady from Gone With the Wind, hoop skirt and all. Or is it Betty White? hmm. Then she was joined by a girl straight from a 1950s sock hop.

Then came a lady who has a different definition of classy.

Did you figure it out? It’s Lady Gaga with her not-so-classy meat dress! Egads!

These three (well, two at least) classy ladies needed dates to the Christmas party, but were not sure how to find them. Good gingerbread (sugar cookie) men were really hard to find this year. Lucky for them, it is the year of good smiles at the decorating factory, and a few good men were quite available.

Bart Simpson gone good was bachelor #1.

Bachelor #2 prides himself in his perpetual smile, and preppy style.

And last, but not least, bachelor #3 says his wisdom and experience make him the perfect date.

The classy (almost) ladies decided to take the guys up on their offer and went to the Christmas party and joined all their friends, candy canes, Christmas trees, snowmen, etc.

Fun was had by all and the small thing of decorating cookies became a lot bigger than we had thought. What a fun night of cookies, egg nog, and creativity. Thank you grandma for sharing your recipes and a wonderful tradition!

What is one Christmas tradition you love?

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6 responses to “C is for Cookie

  1. Keith says:

    At first, I read this post on my phone, so there no pictures. I thought, dang this is an incredible story. Then I went and saw that there were pictures. AWESOME!

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  2. kirk says:

    love the lady gaga cookie!

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  3. Kathy says:

    Being at the Plaza when they flip the switch to turn on the lights and the fireworks begin. This year, standing right in front of us a young man got down on his knees and proposed. Both of their families were all standing right there. It was so sweet and we all felt their joy and excitement! Allan holllered to the groom to be, “Since we have all witnessed the engagement, we want to be invited to the wedding.” The groom hollered back, “You can come if you buy your meal!”

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  4. Jeyne says:

    My favorite tradition is holiday baking with my Mom. The decorating of sugar cookies, rolling the peanut butter balls to dip in chocolate, the melting of butterscotch to mold peanuts and chow mein noodles to become haystacks and the smell of fudge overtaking the house. Pure pleasure…

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Love this story .. you guys crack me up!

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