Every year, my mom, grandma and I get together to bake Christmas cookies! Turner’s been a part of it since he was born. HERE is my post from last year. It’s so cool to see how our traditions evolve over the years. Each year gets more fun since Turner’s able to help and is SO excited about Christmas!
This year was the best by far because Gracie was a part of the fun! Here’s a shot of my grandmother holding the two babes. Warms me heart and soul!
We usually do the same cookies each year. We have some really special recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Some of our staples are thumbprints, spritz, pecan balls, gingerbread cookies, and my great-grandmother’s Italian Prune Cookies.
My favorite is THIS gingerbread cookie recipe. They have the perfect amount of spice and chewiness. In fact, they inspired me to host a cookie exchange, because they’re so delicious that I wanted to share!
Last night, I had a few girlfriends over for my first cookie exchange. The night turned into more of a cookies and cocktails gathering, and it was SO much fun! Each person brought enough cookies for everyone to taste and a goody bag to send home! We drank wine, had some finger foods, and tasted some delicious cookies! I even made a spiked hot chocolate bar!
It was a night of letting loose and laughing with girls I love! If you’ve never done it, I definitely recommend it. There are definitely some great ideas on Pinterest, but I kept it easy and low key. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
This is the first Christmas that we’ll play Santa. I can’t even WAIT to share Turner’s excitement in the coming days. This has been the most magical Christmas season yet! I hope you have the merriest Christmas too!