How to have a stress free, multicultural Christmas season and still bake cookies
Every year, come December, I whole-heartedly attempt to keep up the tradition of my German grandmother and bake cookies. The secret recipes that my (baker's-daughter) Omi had passionately passed down to me, her only granddaughter, need to be carried on, I repeat to myself as I sift through my pantry to look for ingredients... I love the yellow and white notebook/recipe papers that are sprinkled with cookie dough all over. I love those pieces that remind me of my sweet Omi. Yet every single year I struggle. I struggle to bake cookies. I love baking, I love the smell of fresh baked cookies, I love the taste, I love packing all the baked goods in little cellophane bags with pretty ribbons to give to neighbors and friends. I just don't love the prep and clean up and the time it takes... The reality of baking with three small children sometimes (ok often) is just a little too much in the pre-holiday days.
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Every year on the night of December 5, my kids clean and polish the biggest little winter boots (or California winter shoes:) they own and place them by the front door. The next morning they wake up, run to the door and find Nicholaus had graciously filled their boots with little treats!!! (such as special snacks, books, clementines, or small toys. Honestly, most years it’s whatever I have at hand. It may be some stickers or little toy/book I have in my treasure box, no extra Target run required. You can always fill it up with healthy snacks.)
This tradition is based on the true story of Saint Nicholas, a man in Greece who loved people and helped the poor. Ever since I have had kids I struggled with the Saint Nicholas/Santa Clause dilemma: Wanting to instill world culture in my children and wanting always be truthful with my children (one of my core values). But at the same time not sure if I wanted to spoil the in some sense beautiful tale of a giving Santa Clause.
California based Ghanaian-German educator, writer, bookworm and mama of three. A lover of all things nature, diversity & healthy.
"Education is nothing else than discovery.
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My name is Nancy. I'm a teacher, home educator, wife, mother, writer and accidental German-Ghanaian transplant to the U.S., in love with California and all things diversity.