It’s A Wonderful Life!

Christmastime is upon us!!

Normally we buy a tree and kick of the Christmas season one or two days after Thanksgiving, but this year we had to delay a week and it was hard! But finally we have Christmas-fied our house!

On Thursday night we went and bought a tree, but we couldn’t decorate it until Friday night.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Decorated Tree

Isn’t it pretty?!?! I’ve always loved “traditional” Christmas trees, as I call them, with the multicolored lights and various types of classic and homemade ornaments. Last year in France we  had more of a red, white, & wood mountain-themed Christmas, which was lovely and totally fit the region we lived in. But this year I’m super excited to have a Christmas tree like we always had growing up. The last time we spent Christmas at my parents’ house was before we moved to France!

Per tradition, I also made Christmas cookies and then last night we watched one of my all time favorite Christmas movies, It’s A Wonderful Life. I laughed, I cried, and I felt all warm and fuzzy when it was over :) Such a classic!

The Christmas cookies I made were de-lish-ious. I did not make the recipe, but I’ll share it with you since I’ve had several requests :)

Hidden Candy Cane Kiss Cookies by Once Upon A Cutting Board

candy cane kiss cookies 1

They look amazing, right?!

cookies2

The recipe itself is actually super easy.

cookies

My cookies came out a little different from the picture, but when you eat them straight out of the oven, the peppermint kiss just melts in your mouth and it is DELICIOUS.

The one problem I had with these cookies is that when I ate them the next day, they were too hard for my taste (but still yummy). I just heated them up in the microwave for 10 seconds and they were once again perfect.

I definitely plan on making these cookies again before Christmas, but I want to try adding some cocoa powder! Chocolate + peppermint = <333

Click here for the recipe!

What are some of your Christmas traditions? Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe? I’d love to try it!

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9 thoughts on “It’s A Wonderful Life!

  1. We just got our tree today but haven’t decorated yet as I realized we need to buy new lights (our old ones having a French plug!) Hopefully I can get that done soon so we can start Christmas-fying around here, too. :)

  2. Those cookies look really good! I also like traditional trees the best :-) We have the giant-bulb retro lights on our tree. I even considered stringing together popcorn and adding tinsel, to make it extra-vintagy! (But tinsel+cat=disaster, so I didn’t.)

    On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM, macarons & paperbacks wrote:

    > Maggie @ macarons & paperbacks posted: “Christmastime is upon us!! > Normally we buy a tree and kick of the Christmas season one or two days > after Thanksgiving, but this year we had to delay a week and it was hard! > But finally we have Christmas-fied our house! On Thursday night we went and > “

  3. Wow those cookies look so yummy! And the christmas tree is beautiful! I’ve never done the whole traditional tree route, but I would love to someday – there is something so special about having a proper christmas tree in your house! :)

    • Thanks! I like all types of Christmas tree styles, but traditonal has always struck me more since it reminds me of my childhood :) Do you decorate your house for Christmas? I always love seeing how different families have their own traditions and specific decorations.

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