A festive cookie loaded with dark chocolate and crushed peppermint
For the past few years, Christmas has snuck up on me. It seems it gets here, and I just don’t really get excited until it’s over. I wish I still felt the excitement like when I was a little girl. Well, to get me in the Christmas spirit, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Christmas traditions.
#1 – Christmas Tree Picking
Ever year on my birthday, (or as close to it as we can,) we pick our Christmas Tree. Now, I’m partial to a particular tree – one that’s tall and extra round at the bottom. The past few years it’s been hard to find the right tree. Sometimes it takes forever to make a decision, but recently I’ve just been going by freshness and something taller than me. Because as my dad says – “Once you get the tree home and decorated, they’re all gonna be beautiful.”
#2 – Grapevine Ball Throwing
My mom loves having lit balls in the trees. So, every year, whether it’s 2 degrees or 70 degrees (this year!) we’re out in the front yard struggling with these grapevine balls. We try to toss them over high branches, or use long sticks to place the balls. It’s quite the chore, but it’s beautiful once they are all in place.
#3 – Christmas Light Drive-Bys
The Christmas Light viewing season always starts with our annual trip to the “Lanes of Light,” sponsored by a retirement community. There are so many creative displays like puffins, reindeer, a sea serpent, and more! Then, throughout the season, we go around to different neighborhoods to check out the best lights in town.
#4 – Christmas Movie Classics
Yea, I may have said I don’t like movies, but I’m a sucker for a good Christmas movie. Every year I look forward to these favorites:
– A Boyfriend for Christmas – When I first saw this movie, I thought it was so funny when Patrick Muldoon’s character needs a cover-up name and he comes up with Douglas Firwood because he’s holding a Douglas Fir!
– The Santa Clause – I mean, this is a classic for me. I don’t know if I saw it when it first came out (I would’ve been 3,) but I remember being a goofy girl giggling hysterically when Tim Allen asks his son if he knows how to call 911!
#5 – Golden China for Christmas Eve Dinner
Our favorite Chinese restaurant is Golden China. Every year we go on Christmas Eve and get our special Christmas Eve dishes – including Sugar Buns! If we eat at home, we dine on Spode Christmas Tree plates and it just feels so special!
#6 – Santa’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with Crushed Peppermint
This is one of my all time favorite cookies and I try to make them every Christmas Eve. This year I hope to do a variation based on Hip Foodie Mom’s Double Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies!
So, when thinking of cookies for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, I knew I wanted to include these flavors, but in an updated cookie. These cookies include coffee to bring out the chocolate and were pretty darn delicious. I hope they arrived safely to their destinations!