The Pleasures Associated with the Making of Christmas Cookies

Mothers who seek many innovative ways to store and hide Christmas cookies should know that their efforts mirror those of women in at least one Middle Eastern country. In Iran, mothers struggle every March to hide from family the candies that they have made for the guests, who will be arriving during the two weeks of the Persian New Year. Children of Iran don't always get to help with the cooking of those candies, but they certainly can enjoy watching the preparation of such treats.
A young child’s fascination with Christmas cookies does not come from only the sweet taste of those cookies. Sweet, packaged cookies do not excite a child as much as the trill of smelling fresh-baked Christmas cookies. A child frequently looks forward to the making of Christmas treats with the same amount of anticipation as that child shows toward the eating of those very treats.

That is undoubtedly one of the reasons why few packages of Christmas cookies appear on store shelves in December. Cookie makers know that no combination of cooked dough and Christmas colors can provide a child with the joy of preparing Christmas cookies in the kitchen of a parent, a grandparent or other caring adult.

Companies such as Pillsbury, a company that sells cookie dough that is ready to go in the oven, have tried to capitalize on the general love for the making of Christmas cookies. They have sought to create packaged dough that a child can easily use to make cookies. Other companies have lined store shelves with all manner of decorative toppings.

In December, stores feature toppings similar to the toppings that one might use while doing any Christmas cooking that is aimed at the sweet tooth of one or more Holiday guests. Some of those toppings come in containers ready for shaking. Other toppings come in a form that a child can squeeze onto the cookie dough.

The makers of foil and metal kitchenware have produced a variety of ways by which one can design and bake Christmas cookies. Special cookie cutters permit the creation of Holiday-themed cookies from dough fur plain sugar cookies Those cookie cutter give small children a chance to make cookies that are shaped like a star, a Christmas tree, a wreathe, a stocking or even like Santa Clause.

Once made, Christmas cookies can be eaten while fresh from the oven, or they can be stored for inclusion in a Christmas gift. When the lady of the house plans to do a great deal of Christmas cooking, then the cookies might become a part of a package that is full of special Christmas foods. Stored Christmas cookies can also serve as a resource from which a family can draw, should an unexpected guest arrive.

Friends and family often feel compelled to deliver their Christmas packages in person. For that reason a typical family can expect at least one surprise or planned visit during the Holiday season. After accepting gifts from such a visitor, a family should offer a return Christmas package. Such a package can be prepared quickly and easily, if one has a few Christmas cookies on hand.

Even when guests arrive without a Christmas gift, the host or hostess feels obligated to offer some form of refreshment. At such times, it is good to have access to a “stockpile” of Christmas cookies. Then one can display the sort of generosity and thoughtfulness that characterizes the Holiday season.

Of course when talking about guests during the Holidays, one can not forget about that most important Christmas guest—Santa Clause. Tradition dictates that he too gets some cookies and milk.
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