Decorating Cookies

Traditions are important to hold onto for many reasons.  They bring us together and they help us form everlasting bonds with others.  Some are cultural traditions and others are traditions within a family.  Either way, I think they are important to hold onto and to preserve and pass down through the ages.

Our friends Janet and Bob have had a family tradition for many, many years, of making and decorating cookies to give as Christmas gifts.  Their tradition continues and yesterday we were lucky enough to partake in the fun and colorful festivities as well.  Janet, her son and his family all baked tons and tons of cookies and boxed them all up as gifts to give to their friends.  After boxing up a heap of cookie boxes, it was time for a pizza break.  After the pizza, the decorations were brought out, and it was time to get to the fun, colorful business of decorating, where our imaginations were allowed to run wild.  There were no rules and no holds barred.  Let the decorations fall where they may.


Brian and Shelly boxing up the cookies.


Three generations of family fun in the kitchen.  Janet, Brian and Emily all making the frosting for the cookies.


Shelly and Emily getting ready to mix the colors into the frosting.


Peter and Emily making colors.



Janet in her pantry, proudly displaying all her cookie decorations and supplies.


And the decorating begins.   All those gingerbread cookies on the cookie tray were in need of color and decorations.  We had our work cut out for us.  There was a wide array of various colors and decorations from which to choose.


Shelly proudly displaying some of our finished masterpieces.


All of us showing off our cookie masterpieces.  Believe it or not, we are all so into our work AND no one even tasted or did quality control checks throughout the whole decorating process.



My Bronco mittens.




What Christmas would be complete without ugly sweaters?  We had some pretty “ugly” sweaters too.


Cleaning up after.  All these bins and boxes filling the counter tops are loaded with delicious Christmas cookies.


We got to take home a box of cookies too.


Enjoy the holidays and the holiday traditions with family and friends.  That’s what the holiday are for.  Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season, with a Happy, Healthy New Year.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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