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It won't be long and Christmas will be here. Time to pull out the boxes and decorations, get cards sent, and start the Christmas cookie baking.
Today I'm going to share a Christmas Tradition in our family, that involves just that. Baking..
We always call them "Mom's Sour Cream cookies" but the recipe was actually carried on by my mom from our dear Aunt ( Ede) Edith
Aunt Ede was the kindest sweetest most patience person you could ever meet. She was my dads sister. She has been gone for 40 plus years not ,but we all loved her dearly, and have so many many fond memories of her. She made these cookies often.. not just for Christmas.
Let me first let you know, ( if you aren't a regular reader and already know) I come from a large family. I am the baby of 7. I came along later in my parents lives as a bit of a surprise. lol Anyway, there are 7 of us kids, all of us have kids, some grand kids and some great grand kids. We used to all gather at mom and dads for Holidays but as our family grew, it just became to many for one house. We talked about having Christmas at home on Christmas with our own families and decided , that we still all wanted to be together no matter where is was we had Christmas. Now we rent a place... and we are TOGETHER. It's not mom and dads but we are TOGETHER and that's what's important. It took a while and it was odd at first, but now it's just "the norm",it's what we do on Christmas. It can be a bit of a zoo at times...but that's how we like it :) It's part of being a big family.
That time always includes these cookies.
For years mom made many many batches of these cookies, and not only brought them to Christmas but also had containers filled with them for each family to take home with them. She would start working on baking them in the weeks before Christmas and stick them in the freezer so they would be ready. She would take them out a day or two before Christmas and frost and decorate them. As mom aged and arthritis took it's tole on her hands, it became hard for her to stir the dough for these multiple big batches, but she did not want to give it up, so I would drive into town and do the stirring part for her. ( our mom didn't let anything stop her :)
The last year of her life she was staying here at our house at Christmas time, so we baked together. Her, my sis Jan , her daughter and my daughter in law. I know my out of state sisters would have loved to be there with us.
Below is a photo of my sis and my mom. They are making another favorite cookie mom always made. Date pinwheels.
This photo of my mom rolling dough is precious to me. She passed away just a month later, after celebrating her 90th Birthday at the end of December.
In the photo below you can see, we have the photo of mom rolling out cookies taped up on the cupboard right where we are working. It's the photo above of her standing in that same spot, her granddaughter stands now..... doing the same thing.
So... we know have our own tradition for getting together before Christmas to make "Moms Sour Cream Cookies".
Below is my Daughter in law Kate, frosting and decorating.
And my sis and niece decorating.
and join the table of other Baked Christmas goodies.
This is not even close to being the entire family but here are some of us. It's hard to get everyone in one photo, because people are coming and going all evening. Some have to make it to their spouses family that night also. You just gather them for a photo when you can. lol Of course our sisters and their families out of state cant always be their that day with us..but they are always with us in our hearts, just as mom and dad are.
It's a fun crazy time that we wouldn't give up for anything.
Trust me, just trying to gather this bunch is a chore. lol
It's all about ... family.
I could type up this recipe nice and neat, but that just takes something away from it for me. Here is moms original. With her adjustments made, .. showing age and lots of love from being used so many times.
The frosting mom used was just a mix of an egg white beat until fluffy with powdered sugar and a bit of vanilla. It sets up when it drys and makes it easy to stack the cookies.
Thank you for letting me share my favorite Christmas Memory/Tradition with you!
I always find it so fun and interesting to hear others Holiday traditions, please share one in the comments. I would love it!
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