While we’re enjoying this holiday season at Springlake, we wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas too. This time of year is so special, not only do you to spend time with friends and family, but we get to celebrate the best gift of all, love. In a weird way it reminds us of weddings, but we don’t have to talk about that today. If you’re away from friends and family, we hope that you have someone special to spend the season with, and lots of phone calls to connect with the people you love.
If it’s your first Christmas as a married couple, we know you exactly what you’re going through. Your first Christmas together is special and can be stressful, with all the traveling to two families. You get the hang of it one year and then it’ll be smooth sailing from there.
Beginning new holiday traditions can be a lot of fun, too. You’ve probably heard of elf on the shelf. It’s a fun holiday tradition where you move the else around every day at December, just to make sure you remember that Santa is watching out for you. It’s great fun to play with kids, that happy new newlywed couple can enjoy it too. Or you could start a tradition for just the two of you that your family can grow into. You can get fun holiday pajamas, popcorn, candy bars and your favorite holiday movie. When Christmas eve comes and it’s quiet in the house, you have a plan of something fun to do. One of our favorites is White Christmas. It’s a classic that I’ll give you the warm and fuzzies, and you can marvel at the multifaceted talent of years gone by. Or you could go with a more recent classic like Home Alone. This is even a fun gift you can give your in-laws or your extended families as you’re traveling this holiday season.
Photography by Nathan and Natosha Photography
Another fun favorite family tradition is setting cookies out for Santa. While there aren’t any weddings happening at SpringLake this month, Christmas weddings are always a hit. If you’re having a Christmas wedding, Christmas cookies would be awesome favors. And if you’re just looking for a thoughtful, inexpensive gift, this is the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. Just drop them into some parchment paper, tie them with some ribbon and drop them in a decorative cup or jar. The dough freezes really well, so if you have a few different events to go to, you can always just freeze it and bake them straight from the freezer.
Here we go!
- 2C Flour
- ½ Tsp Baking Soda
- ½ Tsp Salt
- ¾ C Melted, Unsalted Butter
- 1 C Brown Sugar
- ½ C White Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla
- 1 Egg
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 2 C Chocolate Chips
- In a mixer or medium mixing bowl beat eggs then add sugars, butter, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour.
- Mix until combined.
- Add chocolate chips and stir in by hand.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Form balls with your hands or use a cookie dropper.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 10-14 min until golden brown on edges.
- For best results I bake them on parchment paper.
- Store in a glass covered dish to keep them crisp and chewy!
- If freezing dough:
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and drop dough balls onto sheet.
- Freeze dough on the cookie sheet in the freezer until completely frozen.
- Once completely frozen remove balls from cookie sheet and put into a gallon freezer bag.
- When you freeze them this way and store in a bag aftwerwards it keeps them from sticking together and allows you to pull out as many or as few as you want at one time!
- Remove balls from the freezer and bake according to directions above. No need to thaw them, cook straight from the freezer. Cooking time may need to be lengthened when dough is frozen.