My sisters, mom and nieces started a family tradition a few years back. What started as a cookie baking party has evolved into a pretty fantastic holiday brunch.
The following usually happens:
1. Each adult makes 2 dozen cookies per person. Most of my family plans ahead and makes really fantastic lovely treats. I make mine the night before (or, um – the morning of) like clockwork.
2. Present said cookies in freezer bag, fun tins or a covered plate.
3. Distribute to friends and family as holiday gifts/treats! (We always pack several goodies bags and deliver them to our neighbors.)
4. Give out gifts like candles, Christmas socks or kitchen goodies.
It’s a wonderful after Thanksgiving tradition that always gets me in the mood for Christmas.
This year we changed it up a bit. Since mom and dad are in the process of building/moving – we held the cookie exchange/holiday brunch at my sister Lora’s home. It’s a tradition that I truly love each and every year. Below you will find our brunch menu along with images from the day and a few holiday decor ideas for your own home. Happy Holidays!
Holiday Brunch Menu
Assorted pastries from Panera
Waffles/Cool Whip/Sprinkles (for kids)
Christmas Champagne (Fill glass with 1/2 cranberry juice, top with champagne, frozen raspberries and fresh mint. To freeze cranberries just rinse in cold water, roll in sugar and place in freezer.