It all started with the little guy's request that I choose the books for reading time. Usually he chooses the books and we always read at least one Christmas book. Some of our favorites are: The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear! by Don and Audrey Wood, You Are My Miracle by Maryann Cusimano Love and Shall I knit you a Hat? a Christmas Yarn by Kate Klise.
The Christmas book that I chose was I Spy Little Christmas from Scholastic, short, sweet and to the point. We slowly read the book, discussed the pictures in detail and talked about Christmas.
Then my child got one of his "great ideas." He looked into my eyes and asked "What are we doing tomorrow?" When I replied, "We have no plans," he flashed the biggest smile and announced, "tomorrow we make CHRISTMAS COOKIES!" And that is exactly what we did. I even found multi-color sprinkles in the back of the cabinet to decorate our trees, angels, bells and snowmen cookies .
Making Christmas cookies in July was truly a enjoyable project. There was no stress, no rush, no expectations other than having fun. A new tradition was born and some great memories were created. Next year we will make Christmas cookies to share with our friends.
The little guy wanted to share cookies with Santa, perhaps hoping for a visit and a gift. I had to explain that Santa was on vacation and he would be happy to wait until Christmas Eve for some cookies.