I have fond memories of making Christmas cookies with my mom each December when I was growing up. In particular, I recall baking thumbprint and snowball cookies. Does anyone remember those?
My hat’s off to my mom — who was always game for celebrating holidays, for cooking, and for cleaning up the resulting kitchen mess. Now that I’m a mom myself, I realize how much effort she put in!
I’ve continued the Christmas cookie making tradition with my own kids (ages 15, 12, 6). I let each of them pick out one recipe to make with me. Then we douse the kitchen in grains of flour and delicious smells as we bake all the cookies in a single afternoon. That done, we divvy them up and hand-deliver them to our neighbors. It’s fun to make holiday recipes I only make once a year, fun to collaborate on a joint project with my kids, fun to eat the cookies warm out of the oven. And it’s fun, in the true spirit of Christmas, to give them away as gifts.
My own love of Christmas cookies is what inspired me to set a portion of my Christmas short story, The Proposal, at a cookie party. (The story also includes a few singing firefighters, though those sprang purely from my imagination and sadly aren’t a part of any real life Christmas tradition of mine.)
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
The Proposal is currently available at Amazon for .99!
A cold night in Texas, a dream of marriage, a happily ever after….
Single mom Amber Richardson spends every holiday season working to give her young son the best Christmas possible and striving to ignore the empty chairs around her table, chairs she wishes her mother and father and extended family occupied.
She’d hoped that this holiday would be fuller and happier than the rest. Her handsome firefighter boyfriend, Will McGrath, has brought immeasurable joy and love into her life. Up until recently, they’d even been talking about a future that included wedding bells. Lately, though, the wedding talk has been nonexistent and Amber can’t help but worry that Will’s starting to have second thoughts….
Until a fire station surprise brings very good tidings.
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours.