I received a gift pack from Krusteaz to facilitate this post. All opinions remain my own.
Christmas is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. Part of the reason why is because I grew up in a family that loved traditions. Every weekend after Thanksgiving we decorated the Christmas tree and house while listening to Christmas music. When we were younger we made a manger scene out of recycled materials (those were some crazy looking animals made out of bottles and toilet paper rolls and cotton balls). We also had an advent calendar with little presents for each day leading up to Christmas. Like a lot of families, we also baked. We always made cookies for Christmas Eve and Day, along with edible treats for my dad’s coworkers and our teachers.
Since my husband and I married almost two years ago, we have had the opportunity to develop some of our own holiday family traditions. Here’s a post featuring some of our favorites. Since I have good memories of helping make goodies (usually caramel corn or cookies) for my dad’s coworkers around Christmas time, I decided that my husband and I should bake cookies for his office this year.
Thankfully this holiday season is a little less chaotic then the last two, the first which had our wedding and honeymoon and the last a European vacation falling right after Christmas. But we still have friends and family coming to visit from out of town and Christmas celebrations with two different families. Which is why this year I turned to Krusteaz to guide my holiday cookie baking. Their holiday cookie helper quiz helps you find the perfect cookie for your cookie personality. If you take the quiz, you’ll get a coupon and a chance to win a $100 grocery gift card!
I honestly wasn’t surprised when my result was, “The Classic Confectioner,” because I do like my holidays traditional. Which is why I chose to do a simple twist on the classic snickerdoodle for our cookies.
Butterscotch Snickerdoodle Cookies
1 box of Krusteaz snickerdoodle cookie mix
1 stick of butter (softened, not melted)
11 ounce bag of butterscotch chips.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine cookie mix with butter and eggs into well blended dough. Add butterscotch chips.
- Form dough into small balls and roll in cinnamon mixture until coated.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
How to make your own family traditions
- No kids? No problem. There is a definite misconception that in order to make family traditions you have to wait until kids come along. My husband and I are taking advantage of our kid free years together to make traditions that we will have for years to come. Especially ones that might have to be put on hold during the baby and toddler years, like gingerbread house making. It is important to create special memories that are just with your spouse, even if you do have kids.
- Reflect on the traditions that have been important to you in the past. Is there a tradition from your growing up years that you want to make sure you share with your family? This could be as simple as attending a Christmas Eve service or wearing matching pajamas on Christmas morning. If you are a family of faith, then traditions surrounding the food, games, and stories of Advent or Hanukkah will still be a key part of the holiday season for you.
- Toss what doesn’t work. Did your family have a tradition that still makes you cringe when you think about it? Did you do something last year that was an epic failure? For me, the idea of wearing matching Christmas pajamas sounds horrifying, however there are many families that feel it is a highlight of the holiday festivities. You aren’t under any obligation to do something with your own family that doesn’t work for you. This may also include how, where, and with whom you want to spend the holidays, such as Christmas day. So ignore your mother-in-law’s critique that “that’s not the way we do things” and find what actually does work for your family.
- Get inspired. What holiday events are going on in your city? What cool things are your Facebook friends posting about? Is there anything that you’ve experienced once and would like to again? On our second date, my husband and I went to a German Christmas market in Philadelphia and we’ve done it every year since because of the sentimental value of the date. What are you favorite hobbies and how can they tie into the holidays? We chose cookie making because I like to bake, and well, my husband likes to eat them.
What is your favorite family tradition?