Christmas Already??

Monday, December 12, 2011

Is it just me or did Christmas arrive at a rapid speed this year? I cannot believe it is a mere 2 weeks away.
Although we picked up our tree the day after Thanksgiving (tradition) and decorated that weekend, I still feel like time has flown by!

This is our first Christmas here in Italy, and the first Christmas I have EVER spent away from my family. Life has been busy, but I've been trying my best to enjoy the Christmas season every chance I get.

This past weekend I baked a couple dozen cookies for the Airman Cookie Drive, which is for airman who are single and living in dorms or who are here away from their families on a TDY. I made classic peanut butter blossoms, and chocolate peppermint cookies.

1 cup  (2 sticks) of butter, softened
2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp of vanilla
crushed up candy canes (or other peppermint candies)
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
2 cups of flour
*Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 8-9 minutes*
This weekend I plan on having a bake-a-thon and pulling out all of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Then I fully intend on packaging those cookies up to give away to friends and co-works so that I don't devour them all! Since this is the first time we will be spending Christmas with just the two of us, I have been brainstorming ways to make it extra special. I feel like this is our opportunity to start our own traditions that we can carry on when we have a family of our own. My mother always made delicious home-made cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. This is the only time of year we would ever get them, and she would prepare them the night before so that all she would have to do is stick them in the oven on Christmas morning. This is without a doubt a tradition that I want to continue!

What kind of traditions do you have for the holidays? Are they passed down from your family or did you create them on your own?


  1. My family also did the Cinnamon Rolls in the morning thing! I am thinking about continuing her tradition with the Cinnamon Rolls, or starting a new tradition for our family (our first Christmas together) of French Toast Casserole (make the night before) because my husband loves french toast.

    Enjoy your holiday in Italy and your bakeathoN!

  2. Oooh those cookies look yummy! I just made chocolate chip peppermint cookies but definitely thought they'd be better if they were more chocolatey. Going to try your recipe soon!

  3. This is my first year away from family, too. My husband told me that he's planning Christmas day and as of last night wouldn't tell me what he was going to do. It turns out that he got my grandma's recipe for funnel cakes and is going to make them for me on Christmas morning. Having funnel cakes is a weird tradition that we've had forever!

    I'm trying to be positive about Christmas, but it sucks knowing that we can't really make our own traditions since this will be the only year we're actually together for Christmas (gone last year and he'll be gone next year), so we're going to try to make the best of it and go all out.

  4. Your tree is pretty! I started making cinnamon rolls last year too! I made them Christmas morning though...BIG mistake! I will be making them the night before, and bake them in the morning. I also made a frittata/quiche thing last year which I'll be doing again!

  5. My family always eats grilled cheese and clam chowder on Christmas eve, and then goes to our church's candlelight Christmas eve service. We also have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning :) Another tradition is that we always get underwear in our stockings... and since we are older, we have recently added the "group Christmas day tequila shot" to our tradition list :)

  6. We do Cinnamon Rolls too Nicole! Love keeping up with you with your blog! Merry Christmas!