Saturday, December 06, 2008
Simply Living Saturdays: The Christmas Edition
This week's edition of Simply Living Saturdays is about ways to simplify our Christmas celebrations and focus on what is truly important.
One way we have scaled back and simplified is to limit the amount of Christmas baking we do.
One of our favorite traditions as a couple is to bake Christmas treats together. It started out as a wonderful idea of spending part of a Saturday completing all of our Christmas baking. It ended up, even the first year, as taking a whole lot longer to do with me planning too much and then still frosting and decorating cookies late at night. It became a stressful day instead of the peaceful and enjoyable tradition we had envisioned.
Not to mention that we had way too many cookies and treats left over after the holidays.
Last year, I decided to pare my list down and make it more manageable. Instead of trying to make the same stuff just because that's what I had always done, we prepared my husband and I's top 4 or 5 favorites and left it at that.
It was a little more manageable but still took more time than we wanted. And instead of having too much, we ended up almost running out of treats to share! I do enjoy giving a few plates or bags of treats to friends and sharing them at different get-togethers throughout the season, so I like to have enough for that.
This year, we're spending an evening doing the Christmas baking. I've made a list of 5 favorites. I'm still not sure if we'll do the cut-outs as they tend to take the bulk of time. They are my very favorites, though, and would add a different flavor to our other three favorites which are all chocolate! When deciding what kinds to make, I try to pick out a variety that would look nice on a plate together as that is how I often serve them at get-togethers and parties.
Maybe if I baked the cut-out sugar cookies ahead and only did a small amount, then we'd only have to decorate them.
Another favorite which is quite time-consuming but so yummy is kiffles. This is from my husband's side of the family. We'd like to make some of those to take to his family at Christmas, but only if we really really want to! This would be in addition to our baking night.
So as you can see here, I don't quite have all this figured out. Simplifying and changing what you've been doing for years can be difficult!
So the list of treats that I'm planning to make now is:
3)chocolate-dipped pretzel rods
4)oatmeal raisin cookies
5)cut-out sugar cookies(maybe)
Doing less and really enjoying the traditions that we do participate in is what makes the Christmas season so much more enjoyable!
What kinds of treats do you like the most? How have you been able to simplify this fun holiday tradition?
Thanks to Stephanie for hosting Simply Living Saturdays each week!