It isn't Christmas until you have the tree decorated and you make some cut out cookies!
Last weekend, I was able to complete both! On Friday I hosted my first Christmas cookie exchange party. All my best girl friends made their favorite Christmas cookies and brought them to my house. We had fun evening of just the girls and then we gathered around the dining room table to eat and exchange cookies!
All those delicious cookies! So many different varieties! I made the classic cutout cookies to share with my friends. I love this recipe (from my mom) because you don't have to refrigerate the dough before rolling it out like many other cutout recipes require.
Christmas Cutout Cookies
4 cups Flour
1 cup shortening
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix first four dry ingredients, as if making a pie crust so that all crisco is mixed into flour. In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients and mix together. Then add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together to form dough. Refrigerate if desired, otherwise roll out dough and use cookie cutters to make cookies. Preheat oven to 350F and place cookies in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Once cooled then frost with your favorite frosting and decorate with sprinkles!
Saturday, Brian and I decorated our first Christmas tree together. Between last Christmas and our wedding we have been given many ornaments to decorate our tree. I just do not like the LED lights - I miss the old colored ones but they are hard to find.
Now all that is left is to get on that Christmas gift shopping! I have yet to pick up a single gift for anyone. Looks like I will be quite busy this weekend.
Also, you may remember the Lamp Post that appeared in my foyer a few weeks ago. It is still there and a Santa statue (a gift from my mother in law) has now appeared beside it. I guess this is something I am going to just have to live with.