Only 15 more days until Christmas!!! Can anybody else relate to the rushed feeling I get when reminding myself I have gotten exactly zero presents for my family so far?!
Talking about traditions yesterday already my parents and I went for another one of our family’s on Saturday night. It’s been some kind of a ‘must’ for my family to visit a local theatre group’s Christmas play every year since I was a child. Though not necessarily Christmas-themed all of the time seeing their performances is a necessity for us. Admittedly, we weren’t too impressed with this year’s story but it was still nice to spend time as a family and meet friends. For more family marvelousness don’t forget to stop by our awesome host Katie’s for pictures of her sister’s beautiful wedding!
If you noticed my happiness inducing note yesterday my dad helped me get the box of Christmas decorations from the attic. Not just because it’s huge and heavy but also because – despite being a ‘big girl’ now – I still don’t like rumbling through the dark and dusty top flour of our house myself. Maybe because I’m still scared of my brother’s stories of rats living up there? Thanks for nothing ;).
And that would be my second Advent calendar – two are always better than one and this one’s been in my family for ages. We got it when me and my siblings were a lot younger and have been reusing it ever since. Petterson and Findus are a classic for us and we’ve been enjoying to [re]disover the hidden surprises every year anew. Actually, I like this one even better than my chocolate calendar because it holds a plethora of memories for me.
Something else that I’d been planning to do for weeks already yet never felt like when coming home from work was cookie baking. Turning up the Christmas tunes and getting my hands covered in flour and frosting? Heavenly.
One kind of cookies my family – especially my dad – insists on having every year are my paternal grandma’s Kakaoplätzchen. The name would directly translate to ‘cocoa cookies’ but that hardly describes how special they are. While she still could my grandma would bake a huge batch mailing us a box of these – among many other homemade cookies – every year.
During the past few years, though, it has become our job to create these using the secret family recipe passed down from my grandma to my mum. These have several steps and take some time to prepare. While I’m not a fan of rolling out dough and cutting cookies my mum isn’t too keen on filling and frosting. Hence why we turned these cookies into teamwork. And I somehow feel I got the better deal, don’t you agree?
Cookies baking in the oven filling the whole kitchen with the scent of Christmas make even cleaning up the mess left behind more enjoyable. Learn from my [unavoidable] mistake and don’t try to assemble sandwich cookies with your dad in the same room. Lesson learned: you’ll end up with an uneven number of cookies due to a certain someone not being too impatient to wait until for the finished cookies. Note that I said unavoidable because a) my parents’ kitchen and living room merge into one another and my dad was working in the living room randomly grabbing cookies to snack on. Confession: It’s a reoccuring happening that’s almost a Christmas time tradition in itself ;).
These cookies aren’t vegan and while I’m not one to call defeat early I honestly think veganizing them wouldn’t work a charm. Knowing how much these cookies mean to my dad I know he wouldn’t be content with a version that doesn’t quite live up the original. I’m aware some vegans wouldn’t prepare non-vegan foods for others. But this is where I see things differently and value seeing my family happy more than adhering to my own food preferences. Even if my dad feels compelled to discuss my reasons for eschewing eggs – still love him :).
Did I mention the first snow of the season gracing Germany?
Whether snowy or not, filled with Christmas music, cookie baking or whichever other activities: I hope you had a great weekend.
Happiness inducing today: Rediscovering our old Advent calendar.
Which Christmas-y activities made your weekend marvelous?
Does your family have any special traditions related to the holidays?
Did you purchase or make any Christmas gifts so far or are you a last-minute person, too? A bad habit I find incredibly hard to break though I’m not a fan of the added stress.