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the best of the season

I like creativity. But I crave order. And nowhere is this more apparent than during our annual holiday cookie bake. Linds comes over, for a full day. We bake approximately 400 cookies. We wrap our precious booty in tins and cookie boxes. We are a FORCE. The day requires coordination and two people who have cooked together enough to have figured out a rhythm.

This year, my boys wanted to help decorate the cookies. But I am very specific about my cookies, having learned years ago from the best of the best, my sister-in-law Susan. I strive for elegance, consistency, and precision in my cookie decorating. I abhor cutesy cookies and stick to a limited palette of holiday-appropriate colors. My kids don’t care about any of that. They just want to slide their feet around in flour, eat raw cookie dough, and sprinkle stuff.

Tate wanted to decorate a cookie. He ignored the red and green sprinkles we’d laid out, and did his own thing. And the end result was my worst holiday cookie nightmare, but it’s alright. It’s the holidays. He can have his blue and pink cookie. But I have to do my thing too. And I have a cookie platter to worry about, and my platter doesn’t do blue and pink. So I admit that I made Finn eat Tate’s cookie first.


It’s been a stellar December. My husband gave into two years of begging and went to a Zumba class with me today. It took approximately 45 minutes of psychological warfare but I got the job done by requesting his presence at Zumba as my Christmas gift. Having given in, he shook his head and muttered under his breath as he slowly pulled on his gym clothes. “I am a sad, sad man.” Climbing into the car, he looked me dead in the eyes and said, accusingly, “Men all over the world have lost something today.” He was so down about it that I almost called the whole thing off, because Zumba is not a downer. It’s a party. But we made it to class. He stood in the back and I was worried he’d try to escape but he grinned throughout the hour and I grinned too, watching his long arms flail around in the mirror.


What’s not to grin about? He loves me more than his pride. For that and so much more, I, in turn, love him more than is rational. And permit me this moment of emotion–love really is the best Christmas gift of all.

Happy holidays everyone.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gr8ful Ted #

    May your holiday be filled with harmony and balance.


    December 24, 2012
  2. Jeff #

    love you both. happy holidays and merry christmas.

    December 24, 2012
  3. Happy holidays, Yoona!!!

    December 24, 2012
    • you too dear. here’s to an adventure a day in 2013!!

      December 24, 2012
  4. No truer story of Christmas love need be offered. A man who will lay down his dignity for his beloved wife, will lead us all…..

    Happiest holidays from the TexasFolk to you and yours!

    December 24, 2012
    • sending love across the blogosphere. talk to you in 2013!

      December 24, 2012
  5. Love this post! And love that TJ went to Zumba. Please tell him the only thing men all over the world lost out on is being as awesome as he is, in all seriousness. So happy to see that you have so much to be merry about! Enjoy the season with your beautiful family. 🙂 love! Ps. Up early making your granola recipe…gave it as gifts last year and it is now heavily requested…thank you! This year instead of apricots I added cranberries, tart cherries, blueberries and diced dried coconut spears…it’s pretty fabu, IMHO. Xoxo

    December 24, 2012

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