Each year I love celebrating the holidays by becoming Martha Stewart, Super-Mom. I make cookies, fudge, pies, and desserts. I wrap all the presents in matching wrapping paper and make my own bows, usually something different every time. When I was literally 8 1/2 months pregnant and going into early labor, I made about 30 personalized salt dough ornaments that doubled as gift tags on the presents. I always bring my neighbors packages of goodies. I donate to the less fortunate. I buy everyone a gift. I send out Christmas cards the first week of December, usually with a family portrait taken months earlier. I help string lights and decorations on the outside of the house and yard. I do all of this and I love it, absolutely love it.
Now before you start feeling bad, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I didn't do that this year. GASP!!!! I didn't send out cards. For the first time in forever. You know those little bows that you buy at the Dollar Store that never stick on the gifts? Yeah, those adorn my packages this year. And part of my living room floor. And every time we walk by, we just smash them onto another package. Matching wrapping paper? Nah, I got whatever the store had. (I have to admit though, I still made sure the tags and the bows matched the paper. Even though they weren't handmade.) And now on to baking.
My neighbors will still get their little tins of cookies and fudge. But little do they know (at least I don't *think* they follow my blog!), is that my cookies were pre-fab. Yes, I am making, serving, and giving out as gifts, pre-fabbed, frozen cookie dough cookies.
This past summer a teenager came to our door selling cookie dough for a school fundraiser. My mom bought two boxes and gave them to me to bake for Christmas.
So there you have it. I'm not really Martha Stewart. Ssshhh!!! Don't tell anyone, because I'm hoping to pull it off next year. This year, we got wrapped up in a flooring and kitchen project, both that proved to be too big for us to handle. (Don't tell anyone I admitted that either, because I may just deny it!) Doing projects this close to Christmas was a learning experience. Next year, I think I'll just sit back with my home made fudge and cookies, while attaching my hand made bows to my matching packages under the tree and enjoy the holidays! After the portrait Christmas cards have been sent out, of course!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
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