The trees are trimmed, the greens are placed, and the wreaths are hung. Now it’s time to bake the cookies. One of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes is a butter cutout. It makes about ten dozen cookies. Although it is time-consuming, the taste and texture of each bite are worth it. I plan on baking several kinds of cookies this year along with chocolate fudge.
I enjoy helping others. So, this year, I have decided to host an open house for a few hours as a way of supporting our local food bank and Safe Harbor, a homeless shelter in Easton. All I ask is that those visiting my home bring a non-perishable food item or gently used winter gear like coats, gloves, hats, and scarfs. Also, socks would be an item to donate, as well.
While I am on the subject of helping others if you know someone who is alone or struggling, be supportive. Let them know that they are not alone. Share your delicious homemade cookies with neighbors, who just might need a ray of sunshine. Take time to reach out to those who are less fortunate. Perhaps you could make a pot of soup, or invite them to dinner.
I love Christmas, but to some, it is the hardest time of the year. Reach out to those who are struggling. Sometimes it is just a matter of spending some time with them. Often something as small as a note can make all the difference to someone who needs their spirit lifted. Many needy families might have a difficult time this holiday. Maybe you could help a family have a Merry Christmas.
Each morning, I ask God to put me in a place of need. He never fails me. And for that I am thankful.
So what is your heart nudging you to do? Who’s day can you brighten? What family can you help?
Ask God to put you in a place of need and see what happens.
1 pound of butter (soft)
1 pound of powdered sugar ( 3 1/2 cups) Cream well
6 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Chill 15 to 20 minutes. Roll out thin and cut with cookie cutters then sprinkle with holiday sugar. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I use parchment paper on my baking sheets. Bake until light brown. Enjoy!