For a handful of years, my family has heightened the holiday season with a casual Cookie Exchange Party. It’s a fairly simple premise (she, who doesn’t host it, says). Each participating family makes a dozen or so cookies of their choice and you leave with the same amount; however, the theory is you’ve exchanged your own with everyone else’s options. My sister-in-law hosts this and she also includes feeding us lunch, no small task for 10+ people.
This year, we added an ugly sweater component. Obviously, I brought my best option: not only did it light up, but it also sings. The kids loved this (my “singing shirt”).
These few hours are some of my favorite in the season. I love choosing the cookie to make, seeing what we all created, and spending time together without distractions. It’s calm; we listen to Christmas music, we enjoy each other. These are all such basic things, but when we do them together, it’s meaningful.
Because of her new awareness of this beloved character, I made Grinchmas cookies with Caleigh. I found the recipe on Pinterest and it was one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. These are pillowy soft and VERY easy for a toddler to help with!
I tried adding pearls to the middle, but discovered I preferred the tiny pink hearts because his heart DID grow three sizes that day.
Putting together a party like this is something anyone can do! You could do this at work, with your friends, or even for the kids in your life (and their friends!). I hope to learn new cookie making skills with Cal, too, and she gets older.