Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Cookies

I love baking. Always have. Something about the measuring, the smells, the repetition that soothes me. When I'm upset I tend to gravitate to the kitchen, just to make something.

Except at Christmas.

My day started innocently enough. Get up, go to church, enjoy Miss O being an angel in the Christmas program. I came home in a pretty good mood. Maybe festive, even. I had started my Christmas baking last night, and figured with M working today, it was time to finish the baking.

Here's how the day went:

1:30pm ~ Empty the dishwasher from last night. Turn the radio on to the 24/7 Christmas tune station. Start figuring out what cookies to make next.

2:00pm ~ Humming along to Christmas carols, rolling Buckeyes with my daughter. This isn't so bad, right? I wonder why I don't do this more often.

3:00pm ~ I am SO tired of dipping cookies into chocolate. Who says I can't just dunk the whole thing into the pan and roll it around? No, it would be a peanut butter ball then, not a buckeye.

4:00pm ~ Get out the dough I prepared last night that needed to chill. Set out the cookie cutters, sugar and rolling pin.

4:10pm ~ Start to curse under my breath. Why won't this dough roll out? AND stop sticking to the counter.

4:15pm ~ I will not cry. I. will. not. cry.

4:20pm ~ Call M. demanding that he bring home a new rolling pin.

4:21pm ~ Give up. Move on to cutting some bar cookies I made last night.


Seriously, why am I stressing about cookies? Nobody is going to notice if I don't have 8 kinds of them on my cookie plate. Well, maybe my in laws, but who cares about that? I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself and just enjoy what I have. So, I'm now sitting on the couch, with a glass of wine, pondering what to make for dinner.

I'm thinking takeout.


  1. i love to bake also ... but NOT sugar/shortbread cookies.I do not have the patience for that rolling pin!

    Yummmm wine

  2. I have been trying to gear myself up to bake Christmas cookies. It's fun at first, but after a while it's just exhausting. And it only keeps my almost 3 year old entertained for the first 10 minutes, so after that I'm doing it by myself and trying to keep him from destroying the kitchen...

  3. I am terrible at making myself be "perfect". Sounds like wine and takeout are the perfect remedy for a tough day.
    -D *ICLW*

  4. I have done ZERO baking this year...nilch nada none, ZIP. So you are way ahead of me, sister!!!
    Glad you gave yourself a break, Christmas should be more about relaxing. Yea!

  5. Holidays can bring out stress as well as be a fun time. The break sounds like a good idea.


  6. {{{Hugs}}} and I am sorry the Christmas cookies are stressing you out.


  7. You're way ahead of the game in my book. I didn't even attempt to do Christmas baking this year! Definitely sounds like you earned some wine and yummy take-out. Hope you enjoyed!

    Merry Christmas!


  8. Peace....I am so sorry that the baking is getting to you! Relax!

    And I read about your mother's death anniversary, that just went by recently. Prayers!

    ICLW Trippin'!

  9. My DH seems to be the baking fool this year. We have WAY too many cookies in the house. And - to make matters worse he can eat them by the handful without any adverse effect to his body. Um - not me.