Keeping Holiday Traditions, Even As Circumstances Change

Snowman Sugar Cookies

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So many things have changed for my family in the last two years.  My kids now know the stress of splitting holidays between two parents and I know the stress of spending some of the typical holiday days without my kids.  Just because the circumstances have changed, we don’t have to give up on our holiday traditions.

Decorating Christmas Cookies

We’ve always made cookies at Christmas. Granted, it has also always been a Christmas Eve activity.  This year will be the first year that I haven’t spent Christmas Eve with my kids.  They are with their dad the week of Christmas, and selfishly, I’m taking a trip with my boyfriend to spend the holidays with his family.  Not being with my kids on Christmas Eve doesn’t have to be the end of our holiday tradition.  We just need to adjust a little.

Iced Sugar Cookies

When I asked the kids if they wanted to go ahead and make our cookies a little early, they jumped on it.  We hit up Publix and grabbed Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix, powdered sugar, food coloring and Ziploc Containers and made Sunday our cookie day.  You can grab coupons here.  I like using Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix because I don’t have to worry about much measuring and the kids can help add the few other things we need to have a perfect dough every time.

Clemson Snowman CookieWe threw a few cookies in the freezer to have ready for Santa on Christmas Eve, and even though they won’t be with me to see it (I’ll take pictures), I’ll make sure Santa gets his cookies like always.

With circumstances being different for so many families these days, what challenges do you face when it comes to the holidays and keeping traditions alive?  How have you made changes to adapt to the ever changing family dynamic and the struggle to make it all work, especially around the holidays? Leave a comment below and I’ll choose one person at random to win $10 in Paypal cash to help you get everything you need to decorate your cookies (or supply goodies for another holiday tradition).

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13 Responses to Keeping Holiday Traditions, Even As Circumstances Change

  1. janet in nc says:

    That’s the spirit! You’re a terrific mom, the kids will remember your traditions always. Have a fabulous trip!

  2. Kelley says:

    It doesn’t matter when the traditions happen, the kids will remember it regardless of when you do it! And who said starting early isn’t a good thing 😉 😉

  3. Mindy says:

    I agree with Kelley, the kids will remember the holiday traditions even if things shift a little. You’re doing great! And those cookies look delicious 😉

  4. geniabeme says:

    Super cute! I want decorate some cookies now!!

  5. Jessica H. says:

    I love reading about holiday traditions! These cookies are adorable!

  6. Those are so cute. Our struggles are with our 5 year old with Cerebral Palsy. He is so hard to buy for and nobody knows what to get him since he can’t do what typical 5 year olds can do.

    • mamamommymom says:

      I have a 28 year old sister with Cerebral Palsy. It is definitely hard for others to understand just how many adjustments and changes that means.

  7. Susan Christy says:

    Wow – your cookies look great! I’m terrible at decorating cookies.

    • mamamommymom says:

      It was our first time doing them this way! My icing was a little loose, so it got a bit drippy around the edges. I think they key is learning to outline the edges, then fill in without being too heavy handed.

  8. Gina M says:

    I love their sugar cookie mix.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. Carly says:

    Perfect timing, I’m having a cookie party this week!

  10. Summer says:

    Holiday traditions are so important! Making cookies is one of ours as well – love how yours turned out.

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