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I think we've talked about how much I love cooking before. It's definitely not the groovy type of love Phil Collins likes to sing about. And, around the holidays, this "love" is especially problematic for me. Because you need to make MORE OF THE THINGS. AT THE SAME TIME. AND YOU PROBABLY HAVE TO CLEAN YOUR HOUSE TOO.
So I've learned to love baking instead! This works for me on many levels, but mainly the one where I get to eat cakes, cookies, fudge, and pastries. Don't mind if I snickerdoodle-do! (It's okay, you can use it.) Maybe once a year or so, with ample preparation from my life coach (okay, TWITTER), I can pull together a decent meal that doesn't require sliced bread, but I try to avoid this at all costs.
In fact, during Thanksgiving, I managed to squirm my way out of cooking anything the day of the big meal. In fact our friends--the guests!--brought over basically EVERY SINGLE SIDE DISH you could think of. In the meantime, I ordered from the local BBQ joint and delegated my husband with the task of making the stuffing and gravy. (I'm not sure how I have any friends or husbands whatsoever.) In my defense, the day prior, I did, in fact, made three delicious pies and a few dozen to-die-for dinner rolls, but that's nothing compared to cooking dinner-smelling foods at 6am.
But anyway I'm here to TALK ABOUT CHRISTMAS so shut up about turkeys already.
Last Christmas, we were still in New York and my husband and I wanted to start a new tradition. After nixing things that required public singing, more time with in-laws, or glue guns, we decided to host an open house on Christmas Eve. We let all our friends know that we'd be there all day, and they could stop in and out for some snacks and general merry-making.
Long story short(ish), I had nothing for these people to eat other than cookies. Sure, we had crackers and cheese, and I think I heated up some scallops and bacon, but the main event consisted of candy cane chocolate cookies, peanut butter fudge, and motherloving snickerdoodles.
It was practically like one of those Martha Stewart dessert-table-theme-night-things that we've all heard of, but picture Marcal napkins and Solo plates instead of table runners and vases full of things-other-than-flowers.
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Also picture me stuffing my face. Gracefully.
The best part about it, other than eating cookies all the livelong day? Was that everyone had a blast. I mean, I know *I* had a blast. I don't remember having to scour the pantry for an especially hungry spouse or a sugar-crashing child. Nope, we carbed them up and shoved 'em out the door, before they had time to even question my flaws in the domesticity and party-planning departments.
And then we moved to Texas.
THAT, people, is how you throw a holiday dessert night with friends. I hope you took notes.
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