I am -- like everyone else, I'm sure --currently in the midst of holiday baking and all of the other pre-Christmas craziness. Up until this year, I've been spoiled by being able to work on all of this (as well as shopping, wrapping, etc.) during the day. Now that I am working, albeit part-time, I have to admit that it's gotten a bit more hectic and I am a lot less organized. Not to mention way behind on my preparations.
But I know it doesn't matter all that much. To paraphrase my favorite Grinch, it won't stop Christmas from coming. I'm surely going to end up with a few less cookies on the cookie platters, but that's okay. Everyone's "special requests" will still be there, because I can't not make my father-in-law's favorite coffee cake, or a friend's favorite shortbread cookie, or my stepsister's caramel apple pie. (But maybe we'll skip the coconut macaroons and the snickerdoodles this year, if only to allow me a wee bit of time for sleep! ;) )
No, a few less cookies won't matter, and probably won't even be noticed. This year, I'll concentrate on those few baked goods that are the only ones that do matter; the ones that you make because you truly want to, because they will bring an appreciative smile to the face of someone you love, will let them know you are thinking of them, and will make Christmas day just that little bit sweeter.
Happy baking! :)
Do you have something that you always make for the holidays, no matter what?
Any great recipes with special meaning for you?
Feel free to share in the comments! :)
** Since I need to bring it up a notch today, I am borrowing some Christmas Spirit from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Enjoy!