We started getting ready for Santa by decorating Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve! I started doing this with Nick’s family while we were dating and it’s one of my favorite traditions now.
We always use Ann’s (Nick’s Mom) sugar cookie recipe, but now we have some extra special helpers during baking! Flour and sugar end up everywhere when you have little hands helping you!
Carson was funny to watch while he decorated his cookie. He would scoop up a small amount of icing and neatly rub it on the cookie-well, as neat as possible for a one year old. Then, when his hands and tray were dirty, he would ask for a towel to wash everything. Lily does not share the neat, careful gene….frosting was covering the counter where she decorated!
Another Christmas Eve tradition is for everyone to open one gift. Lily had the hardest time choosing what gift to open, but I convinced her to open the one from me! We bake together all the time, so when I spotted a kid’s apron and hat at Target, I had to get it for her.
Carson got to open a gift that he had been opening for the past two days! We kept hearing little rips of paper and he would be trying to open the same gift each time. At least he waited until Christmas week to start doing this!
When it was time for the kids to go to bed, we got a glass of milk and plate of cookies for Santa. Carson clearly didn’t understand what we were doing, but he loves following Lily around anywhere. She was SO excited to leave the cookies for Santa and the only thing that got her to go to sleep was saying that Santa only comes when you are sleeping.
It was time to sleep so Santa could come!