A few years ago I purchased a "cookie decorating kit" from Trader Joe's and thought it would be fun to have a "cookie station" for our Christmas Eve with our family.
The idea was a hit and since then a new tradition was born.
Every year on Christmas eve we all get together in our jammies, have dinner, decorate (and EAT!) cookies, invite the reindeer to visit and after the little one goes to bed we all snuggle up and watch Elf.
This is one of those things that I hope to continue for the rest of my life and that Trey will always have fond memories of.
I now make the cookies and icing from scratch, to make sure that we have enough! And thank you pinterest for the idea of putting the icing in bottles, that was always a HUGE mess on the dining room table! I also included a hot cocoa (in the crock pot - genius!) & coffee bar this year and it was a huge hit, so I'm sure we will continue to include that in years to come!
This year's reindeer mix is from Trey's teachers - a friend of mine usually gives us a little bag of it as well but I forgot to bring it home from her Christmas brunch a few weeks prior. Trey loves going outside to sprinkle it on the ground. And of course we couldn't forget to leave them some carrots!
And looking back on Christmas Eve from the past few years:
Christmas recap to come tomorrow - I'm sure my fellow 2010 mamas will agree - this is a FUN age!!!
I love reading about everyone's Christmas eve traditions - what do you do with your family & friends?