Monday, December 10, 2007

TRADITIONS!

Every year since I have been a baby...ahem...43...yes, count 'em...43 years, my mom has made her infamous Santa Claus Cookies.

She made them for every one of my brother's and my element
ary school Christmas parties. She made them for family, neighbors, friends, the kids of the guy who worked on my dad's cars, co-workers of both she and my dad....and more!

She continued the tradition with my kids. They HAD to t
ake Santa cookies to their classes every year.

Mom was in the grocery store not long ago and a 20 something man with
a young family came up and said, "I don't know if you remember me...(she did)....but I just wondered ... do you still make Santa cookies? I would love to have one and give one to my kids." This is a regular occurrence for her.

When Steve and I were engaged and I first met his younger brother Chris, it
was at Christmas. So, of course, I wanted to win the love of my 12 year old brother to be...so I took him Santas that year and many years after. Well...last year, Brianna asked him what he wanted for Christmas and his 35 year old response ... "SANTA COOKIES!" So he got a whole bag of them.

Chris was never very giving when it
came to sharing his goodies with his brothers...I wonder if he shared Santas with his 4 and 5 year old kids???

Mom sent a container full back to college with Weston. He
said he would have to hide them or this suitemates would eat them all and he wouldn't get any. I think he gets the Cookie Hoarding from his Uncle Chris!

Betsy, Steve's assistant, was the pastor's daughter of the church my parents have attended their whole life. The first Christmas she was working for Steve she said, "I LOVED your Mom's Santa cookies. I couldn't wait to get them every year. If you have an extra do you think I could have one?" So...reliving her childhood, Betsy once again gets some every Christmas.

Mom has taught many to make them...or should I say...many have ATTEMPTED to learn to make them...and we all do OK...but no one does it like MOM! I do believe Brianna will come close to having Gram's expertise. I try...and try...and try...every I year I try harder. I am holding down my minuscule skill sets until Brianna can take over.

Thousands of cookies during my lifetime.
Thanks, MOM...for 43 years of tradition, investing, and LOVE that spoke...and still speaks... volumes...

...or should I say dozens!

19 comments:

Becky said...

Awwwwww, I love cookies! and Beautiful ladies! You 3 are awesome! -Becky

Nikki said...

I had to leave a comment when I read this..Auntie Fay's cookies were always our treats, we used to fight over them.. We always checked around Christmas to see if they had arrived. So this Christmas Pam and I are going to attempt THE cookies..I even went to ebay and found a cookie cutter that looks exactly like the cookies. So, wish us good luck. Love and Miss ya'll, Nikki

Tami said...

WOW - I have never seen a cookie like that :-) Those are AMAZING. If only I could taste one.... :-) (I'll e-mail you my address later on - just kidding)
They sound great - what a great tradition to pass on to Brianna!

Julie C said...

Like Nikki, we couldn't wait to get our Christmas package, it was a really long wait after we moved South. We had many a lean years (either that or Dad was sneaking into the package and eating the cookies AND the Banana nut bread he was sent. Love you all!!

Anonymous said...

OK. Those are just the most gorgeous cookies. My cookies always taste great, but they definitely don't look THAT gorgeous! Merry Christmas, dear friend!

Crystal B

Sandie C. said...

Rats, there was no hint of a recipe included in this!!!!!

I could almost taste that frosting! What a mom!

Anonymous said...

Mary Beth - you're a good writer! Nice Blog. ( I laughed out loud at A.L.F. too).

Merry Christmas,

Kirk (Amy & Kids)

Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know that it sure has been a Blessing to keep in touch with you through the Blog. My family thinks of you all the time and we love and miss you! I call you BLESSED!

Steve said...

When people think of you and then they think of me--you know what they think?

Luckeeeeee!

And they are right.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Do those cookies look good! Beautiful decorating! Bet they're not Weight Watcher friendly, are they? But who cares at this time of year!

Anonymous said...

I so enjoyed spending time w/ you all last weekend making the famous cookies! You all are such a Blessing to us! What a tradition to continue and share.

Becky

Chris said...

Great Blog but where are my cookies?? HA --So that was your plan with
the cookies when I was 12!!!

Still not sharing--well some of the time...

Vanessa said...

I love cookies! Your apron is super cute too!

Jon Eric said...

The Santa cookie is without question my favorite holiday treat. If you have never had one, you can possibly understand how great they are. It's also one of, if not, the best Christmas tradition. So thank you Auntie Fay (and everyone else too) for baking and decorating all of those cookies for me for the past 33 years. See you soon!

Anonymous said...

Such wonderful memories come to mind as each year we anticipated those beautiful, delicious cookies! Makes me feel very nostalgic at this time of year. Tell your Mom thanks again for blessing us each year with those special, special treats.
Love to you and your family,
Fay (S.)

TN Bakers said...

Oh yeah, I agree...these really are the best.  I don't know if my grandma helps or what but she always has some for US each year and it's Jeremy's favorite holiday treat!  Amy Baker

June said...

Hey, how come I never experienced a Santa Cookie? I gave you a whole cake...and I thought we were friends!

Kel said...

Mary Beth it was great meeting you this weekend!
Here's my contact info:

email: KEL254@gmail.com
cell: 989.891.7949

I look forward to collaberating with you.

Abby Elarton said...

Hey Mary Beth,
It's good to hear from you :)
I love your blog! Tell Brianna I said hi and can't wait to see her this summer!
Much love
p.s- hope your the life guard again at FaHoLo show those teens whose boss :)