Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas is for kids

That's why I keep a small portion of my Grinch heart kid-like for this season. Christmas is about many things, and for me one of those things is the joy and excitement throughout December over things big and small.
Things I liked about Christmas as a kid and still like as an adult
  1. Seeing Santa
  2. A fully decked out, lit up Christmas tree
  3. Driving around looking at Christmas lights
  4. Hearing my favorite Christmas Carol
  5. Hating on Karen in Frosty the Snow Man
  6. Choosing special (coordinated) pajamas to wear to bed on Christmas Eve
  7. Saying HO HO HO
  8. Waking up to gifts, especially stockings
  9. White string lights everywhere
  10. Eating Christmas cookies
  11. The anticipation and bustle of Christmas Eve
  12. Spending time with framily
Things I disliked about Christmas as a kid and still dislike as an adult
  1. Decorating the tree. Every Christmas Eve my parents had me and my brother decorate the tree. I may be the only kid who hated it. Thankfully the tree is MFD's forte so as an adult I never have to touch the tree. 
  2. Making Christmas cookies. What an epic mess, and exhausting. My mom always makes cut out sugar and molasses cookies, and while I can't shove them in my face fast enough, I always crapped out in the middle of helping her make them when I was little and have no desire to make them now. As an adult, I prefer to just get my bin of cookies from her and go on my merry way. I make other cookies, but not those! But if YOU want to make them...

Granny's Sugar Cookies (can be doubled, original source Tupperware)
1/2 cup of butter
1 cups of sugar
1 egg
2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of vanilla

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream together butter,sugar,eggs. Then add remaining ingredients and combine. Wrap in plastic and chill for a half hour. Roll out on a floured surface and cut out. Top with colored sugar or jimmies.

Bake for 8 minutes.

The Dalaimomma's Molasses Cookies (can be doubled)
3 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 tblsps unsweetened cocoa
3 tsps cinnamon
2 tsps allspice

2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream butter, sugar, egg, and molasses until smooth. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Wrap dough and chill for a few hours. Roll out on a floured surface and cut out with cookie cutters of your choice.

They can be iced with sugar icing. My mom uses jimmies or colored sugar.

Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
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Oh Christmas cookies,
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What makes you feel like a kid on Christmas? What are your favorite cookies to make for the holiday?

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33 comments:

  1. Oh the soft pretzel picture. Mike Lee was the best Santa ever! Now he is Santa on the other side. You always make a list as you opened your gift. What is it with you kids and the stockings!? Even Sean- what no stockings this year. JMJ!
    On another note. Everyday is Christmas now. Growing up, we got stuff(clothes) at Christmas and our birthdays, hardly anything in between. I was always happy with a June birthday. The lights are wonderful. The spirit is the best.(we need it all year 'round, tho) I love the picture I instagrammed of you last Thursday, receiving a gift from "Santa". The look on your little face. #PRICELESS Enjoy the little ones- the put the magic back into Christmas!
    And it goes so fast. Stay safe in the snow and carpe diem. I may make some sugar cookies.
    Love your MOMMA

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  2. Should have proofread my comments JMJ

    your momma

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  3. I love these pictures!! I don't love making Christmas cookies either, so I just sneak in to my mom's cookie party and grab a little bit of everything without doing any of the work. Just refill their wine glasses a few times and you are good to go. And coordinated PJ's are a must on Christmas Eve, I'm glad I'm not alone on that one.

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  4. YUMM! Those cookies sound delicious!! I'm loving all the holiday cookie recipes I'm finding!

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  5. Our Weight Watchers started ate has been pushed to January, so I also would like Christmas cookies to get in mah belly.

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  6. Oh those pictures are making my morning! Your face has not changed one bit! You definitely have better hair now, though. We are those Jews that did Christmas, and I always loved our little decorated Chanukah bush/Christmas Tree, and opening presents with my family. We had this tradition of going to Dinner for Chinese food (Fah rah-rah-rah-rah!) and then to the movies. I miss doing that!

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    1. I pretty much commenting the same thing. Love the Jewish Christmas traditions!

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  7. Sweet pictures. I always love seeing the Pete Rose haircut. I love molasses cookies but yeah, I'd prefer eating them to making them. I also really like Steph G's plan of sneaking in to her mom's cookie party!

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  8. YESSSS for Christmas light looking. I hope I make time for it this year! I put huge emphasis on stockings but my husband just doesn't get it. So lame. Also, baby Steph's haircut is pretty awesome.

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  9. Haha love your haiku! And your Pete Rose haircut - YES! I had the Dorothy Hamill haha.

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  10. I legit thought I was the only person who didn't care to decorate the tree. I love a lit tree, but hate the hassle of pulling everything out and doing it. Jason loves it! So thank Santa for that. Ehhh, I am not a good baker, so its not my forte either. Love your pic on Santa!

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  11. ho ho ho mofos. i need to start saying that. i love your pete rose hair. yes!! coordinated pjs, always on christmas! and im with you on decorating the tree.

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  12. I don't make Christmas cookies and I don't like decorating the tree either. I don't mind taking it all down but putting it up annoys me. I don't know why. I think out of everything - it's the Christmas songs and movies that make me happy. Also, in the last 10 years since my parents moves to Wildwood I love going down there for Christmas. Christmas at the shore makes me happy too.

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  13. Why did our parents give us those bowl cuts when we were little?! Still cute though! Love the pick from 2010! My favorite will always be some sort of Chocolate Chip cookie.

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  14. I love everything on your like list! I don't LOVE having to do all the work to actually get the tree up but my love for looking at it is so strong that I must do it! I LOVE baking cookies but I HATE cleaning up the mess. Boo! Matching PJ pictures are great in theory...until you forget to take a picture nearly every year. Ooops!

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  15. My favorite part of Christmas as a kid was going to the movies, eating Chinese food, and being on vacation from school. Because, you know, I'm Jewish :)

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  16. i hate baking period!!! there are so many pics of me baking cookies with my mom as a kid where I look totally miserable

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  17. saying ho ho ho. of course. Yes i will steal your sugar cookie recipe and wow the masses. aka my kids.

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  18. I dislike decorating trees. I haven't bought a Xmas tree in years for this reason. Thanks for linking up with me! Granny's sugar cookies look super simple to make! I probably have all those ingredients in my house now.

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  19. Haha. Karen. I agree. I also loved stockings the best as a kid. That's were our best presents were. Jacob doesn't get it. His was filled with candy canes and oranges as a kid. Lame! I'm the one in my family who has to make the cookies because my sister's bad at it and my brother just doesn't care. It's a day long project. I love eating them too, but man, it's annoying to make them all.

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  20. Hated seeing santa as a kid (I'm screaming in every photo), love seeing him as an adult. I like making cookies if it's for a cookie swap. I can make just 1 type of cookie in large batches and keep the mess to a minimum. Non christmas related but I effing hate dying easter eggs. I can never keep that clean.

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  21. First off - love today's haiku. Gold star.

    What's wrong with Karen? Why so mean?

    I die at the pretzel. Haha, but looks like it worked!

    Thank you mind reader Steph, I was just looking for a sugar cookie recipe. I am stealing!

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  22. Soft pretzel picture is so cute! Love your lists of what you still like and still dislike, cute idea! I am a new follower from the "Youre always a kid on christmas" link up, can't wait to follow and read more. Come check out my blog as well and see my awesome 80s/90s pictures =)

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  23. I thought I was alone in my hatred of making cut-out cookies. CANNOT deal with it. Takes so stinking long and I have better things to do.

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  24. My dad baked cookies
    (sand tarts and cinnamon stars)
    The burnt ones were best!

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  25. I'm not a cookie fan, but I love peanut butter balls, and I can eat the shit out of some sausage balls.

    I love sitting in the dark with just the Christmas tree lights on and thinking about Christmases with my grandparents.

    lulz @ your Pete Rose hair.

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  26. I love driving around to look at pretty Christmas lights too! I actually went to my parents' house on Sunday to make cut out sugar cookies with my mom. but then we were both feeling lazy and didn't even make them haha. oops!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  27. Smart move with the soft pretzel. You should go into marketing for the pretzel place in the mall. They would do a killing!!!

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  28. I'm not opposed to decorating the tree but taking it down irrationally pisses me off. It's such a chore and makes a huge mess.

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  29. I love driving around looking at lights, but I hate decorating the tree! Ours isn't even up, and probably won't be…. :-/

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  30. My mom is famous in our family for her sugar cookies and I totally got a little teary with your Granny's recipe :)

    Also, WTF KAREN. Why is she so annoying?!?

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  31. Christmas cookies are my kryptonite. I'm not even that picky.

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