Cookies + Milk for Santa

This is one of my very favorite times of year. There is no greater time of year than the holiday season where traditions are seeped in each and every thing we do, and I can't get enough.

holiday cookie ingredients

We've been busy, busy this year and I am sad to say we haven't yet gotten around to much holiday baking, though it's on our list for the next few days! I can't tell you how many memories I have of baking and decorating holiday cookies with my family. This year I am making so many of my favorite classics that I grew up learning to make, and I'm so thrilled that my two oldest (Wyatt, 4 and Sawyer, 2) are now able to really learn and help out.

making cookie dough
cookie dough

We got the chance to have a fun date with our friends Heidi, Erica and her son Henry earlier in the season making holiday cookies for Santa and I've been dying to share these photos. We were celebrating the launch of the Family Recipe Card + Cloth (Erica is the hand lettering artist at Yes Ma'am Paper Goods that we collaborating with on this special project), and the launch of our new toddler sized Railroad Stripe Children's Apron, AND the fact that Southern Living was gracious enough to feature our special collaboration as part of their gift guide this year, so it was the perfect combination!

baking with children erica and henry
baking christmas cookies with kids
kids baking christmas cookies

The thing I love the most about these photos is that Heidi truly captured an "everyday moment" for us. I love looking through some of my old family photos and you always see these romantic photos in black + white of people doing everyday things, like gardening or cooking and I think we miss out on some of those things today.

childrens baking apron
southern living sugar cookie recipe
kids hands cookie dough
little girl in the kitchen
mother daughter baking aprons
little hands rolling dough
southern living sugar cookie recipe
kids and holiday cookie cutters

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Such special treasures for us. Oh, and Erica was gracious enough to include a free downloadable template of the sweet hand lettered Cookies + Milk for Santa card she designed that is included in this shoot. Click here to download your very own for Christmas Eve this year!

christmas cookie decorating with kids
cookie decorating with kids
cookies and milk for santa tag

From the shoot : Williams Sonoma / White Lily Flour / Publix / Old Navy / Nielsen Massey