Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Elf Run Week

My 12-year-old will tell you December is his favorite month of the year. He simply loves the holiday traditions - cookie baking, filling his brother's stocking, the jigsaw puzzles, the tree, his concerts, and the parties. I enjoy it too, but my "to do list" grows to EPIC lengths which, if I am not careful, can lead to a bit of Scrooginess.

One of the ways I'm making my own fun is designating this as "Elf Run Week."  Last year, on a whim, I headed out on a run a few days before Christmas in a Santa hat and had such a good time I decided to start a little earlier this year and give myself most of a week instead of just one run. Today I broke out the new candy cane striped socks and Santa hat and set off on an early morning run. Any traces of Scrooge didn't stand a chance under those conditions!

For all my good eating, this is the one time of year where I break out ridiculous amounts of butter and sugar and bake. We made four kinds of cookies this year for a total of 48 dozen to package up and give to teachers and neighbors. And OK, we kept some too!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Chip

Oatmeal - Cranberry - Walnut