1. Kim Muhl

    I decorate my entire house, usually, but this year I’m not really in the mood. As for cookies – my mom does the meltaways and the kids LOVE them! Between the 2 of us, we make about 15 different kinds of cookies. I usually do the standard chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, no bake, and peanut butter chocolate chip. My mom makes the sugar and other fancy schmancy ones….then we trade.

    • I love making so many different varieties! It’s so much fun. We used to make gingerbread, meltaways, sugar cookies, jam thumbprints, toffee crunch bars, chocolate Italian cookies, to name a few. Thanks for sharing, Kim!

  2. Cheryl M.

    Other than Spicy Pumpkin Pie, we have no traditional recipe as we are Jewish as well. Once or twice during my marriage, off and on in the years since the divorce, I have put up what is lovingly known as a holiday tree in honor of my only Grandmother. She was raised Christian, never converted when she married my Grandfather but a rabbi officiated and they celebrated both religions holidays. Holiday season is a difficult one for me, and some years I cannot get up the desire to put up the tree [a sad reminder of losing one of the few who loved me unconditionally and never tried to change me]. Thinking about doing it this year. Thanks for sharing your story Lynne.

    • I can understand that, Cheryl, and thank you for sharing that with me. It is hard when we no longer have what we once did or what we expected to, and this time of year only serves to accentuate it. One of the ways I try to do it is baking cookies to bring to my neighbors and when my daughter was home she used to go play violin in the Nursing homes. It always brought more joy to the holidays. 🙂

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