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Here is one of our newest entries from Joni Hilton in California! Such an adorable story about families coming together, creating new traditions, and influencing others’ lives.
“I have a girlfriend whose mom and three sisters always get together at Christmas-time for Cookie Day. For years they’ve hauled butter, sugar, and flour over to one another’s homes for this festive family tradition. Meanwhile, I had no such relatives, and my first three kids were boys—yes, they enjoy cooking, but getting three rambunctious boys in the kitchen is not a ‘Girl Thang,’ let’s be honest.
Finally I had a daughter, and the two of us fantasized about the day when the boys would grow up and marry. Maybe then we could have a true Cookie Day. And then, last year—Christmas magic. The youngest son married, the second son brought his girlfriend, and suddenly there were four of us, rolling out sugar cookie dough, and cutting it into stars and trees.
I turned our kitchen into Santa’s bakery, made aprons for each of them to wear, and shared my secret for killer sugar cookies: Rodelle Almond Extract. I even put it in the frosting. We cranked up the Christmas music until we could hardly hear each other speak, and a tradition was born. One son had come home with his Great Dane in tow, and we made him our Official Reindeer (although snitching a stick of butter quickly put him on the Naughty List).
We made enough cookies to share with a local church that provides meals for the homeless, and saw a grown man’s eyes tear up as he gently held a decorated cookie. It was as if he were transported to his childhood, and a warm kitchen where almond-scented love was in the air. Another little girl kept looking from the cookies to her mother, then back to the cookies, as if asking if she could touch one. You’d have thought we had come bearing frankincense, gold, and myrrh.
Baking together is a bonding experience like no other. And, sometimes, our efforts result in disaster. But once in awhile, something else happens. And you get a Christmas miracle.”