In my wife's family, the weekend after Thanksgiving is dedicated to the much-anticipated Annual Christmas Cookie Baking Extravaganza. It is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I married into it, so you know I'm not just being sentimental. My wife's family takes Christmas cookies very, very seriously. It's one of the reasons I married her.
This might sound to you like a fun, informal way to usher in the most wonderful time of the year. If that is what you think, than you are very mistaken. There is nothing "informal" about this Christmas Cookie Baking Extravaganza. Every year we approach this event like a well-oiled machine. We are balls-deep in cookie baking strategy and we are not messing around. Each year we get a little closer to perfecting the Christmas cookie baking production. Interestingly, each year we also get a little closer to not actually doing any baking when we are with each other at the event. Let me give you a little history.