The following is a post from contributing writer Stef.
The first thing my kids ask right after Thanksgiving is, “When can we make Christmas cookies?” Everyone likes cookies.
Why not consider planning a homeschool cookie exchange this year! While kids are waiting for cookies to bake, cool, or just need a bit of a sugar break, it’s a great time to read the Christmas story or watch Why Do We Call it Christmas? by What’s In The Bible.
If your kitchen is too small, consider teaming up with a friend. They might offer the space, and you could provide the decorating supplies. You do not have to invite every homeschooler in your county!
Homeschool Cookie Exchange Tips:
- Encourage moms to bring their premade cookies (or your oven will be on all day long)
- Provide decorating supplies: sprinkles, frosting, candy, etc.
- Set out a plastic easy-to-clean tablecloth on a large table
- Use plastic knives, spoons, and bowls
- Have more than one trash can handy
- Wrap Pringles cans or Oatmeal cans with holiday wrapping paper for cookie storage
- Play Christmas carols
- Offer hot chocolate or hot apple cider
It’s important to relax. This isn’t about awarding best cookie decorator! Offer a fun time for your kid’s friends and a time of sweet fellowship with your friends.
If you have many children consider offering two different cookie exchange days. Gear one toward the younger kids (who will need more help) and then another for the older kids who can make their own recipes!