i always make the pretzel hugs.
i love how festive they looked. and they were pretty tasty too.
the littlest kids (and a lot of grown up kids too) do the cookie decorating. that makes them a part of the festivities as well. it's always fun to see what designs they will come up with.
and of course this family has a great sense of humor.
here's a sampling of what we brought home. peppermint fudge, snickerdoodles, lemon bars, pretzel toffee (my favorite), peanut butter cookies. after a few days in the one container everything starts tasting the same, but we enjoy it.
uncle ed and aunt elaine have hosted the cookie bake for the last few years. they have the perfect kitchen for it, and the oven of my dreams. but an added bonus is the cappuccino machine.
i don't know how i earned the honor but mine is usually the first one. i feel so special.
and we share a cocktail or glass of wine. it is a holiday party after all.
this year we also exchanged gifts for the kids at the cookie bake. every child in the family receives a gift from another family. gift are sent from all over the country. it is so fun to watch them rip open their presents.
and to watch the next generation of cousins share in this tradition.
we take lots of pictures too.
but mostly we are a family. we catch up and share stories and updates. we wish each other a merry christmas, share lots of hugs and kisses, and we think about those that can't be with us.
thank you to everyone for continuing this tradition. we look forward to it every year.
wishing the brockett clan a very sweet christmas!