One of the special things about making Christmas cookies is how my mom used this tradition to share the Christmas story with us each year. She had different cutters that represented the entire Christmas story and as we used each one, she shared another part of the story. An angel cutter for when the angel appeared, a star for the Star of Bethlehem, and so on.
We usually waited until Christmas Eve to bake the cookies and decorate them just in time to leave a few out for Santa that night. But this year, mom came for an earlier visit before coming back with Dad to be with us for Christmas Day so we decided to enjoy our tradition a little earlier. And we made a party of it!
It all started with a stop into my favorite entertaining store, Swoozie’s. Going in to one of their stores is like attending a party! Each table is full of products for different celebrations and occasions. I headed to the Christmas section and filled my cart with the cutest stuff! When I got home, I made a batch of sugar cookies ahead of time and set the table with decorating stations at each place setting. Cute Santa plates & party straws in candy-rimmed milk jars were perfect to sip on as we snacked on cookies and other treats.
I filled the table with icing bags of royal icing in different colors, sprinkles, bowls of candy and even some edible glitter to dust the more detailed cookies that were too advanced for any of us to attempt to decorate with icing!
It was so fun to sit around the table and enjoy each other as the creativity flowed. I love the way they all turned out. We definitely enjoyed a few of our cookies, but we froze the rest to enjoy Christmas Eve. Santa is definitely in store for a treat this year!
Want to know how I made my cookies? Y’all I discovered the best sugar cookie recipe a couple of years ago and have used it exclusively. It never fails and you can even use cold butter! (Those of you who bake, will understand how great that is!) Definitely head over to Bake at 350° and print her recipe and keep it in your cookbook of your go-to recipes. It is so easy and makes the most beautiful cut-out cookies!
I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year! And Happy Holidays to all my friends who celebrate other traditions this season!
Shop the Swoo! Here’s what I used for my party: Elf Party Crackers, Reindeer Cookie Plate, Happy Christmas Platter, Santa Mug, Santa Bowl, Reindeer Bowl, Santa Serving Platter and so much more! Shop all of Christmas at the Swoo!