When I was growing up, baking cookies was the first preparation we made for Christmas. We loved having a plate of Christmas cookies while we decorated our fresh Christmas tree, which we usually purchased only a few days before Christmas. My sister was the cookie baker in our house. She mastered ruby sparklers and candy cane cookies. During her visit over Thanksgiving, Lily paged through a Christmas cookie magazine I had bought and picked out several cookie recipes to make with her aunt.
While I mostly watched and took pictures, I was happy to taste the yummy results!