Baker’s Dozen of Christmas Cookie Recipes

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A Baker's Dozen of Christmas Cookie Recipes (and 1 really bad poem)  from A Pinch of Joy  

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Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from Pint-Sized Baker

2Coconut-White-Chocolate-Cookies
Coconut White Chocolate Cookies
    From Gonna Want Seconds

3DateFilledCookies
 Date Filled Cookies from A Bright and Beautiful Life

4RedVelvet Cookie
  Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies from Cooking Classy

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    Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies  from Butter, with a side of Bread

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        Quick and Easy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies from iMom

7Cookie Cups
Milky Way Stuffed Cookie Cups from This Silly Girl’s Life

8CreamCheese
Peppermint Cream Thumbprint Cookies from Beyond Frostings

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Italian Anise Cookies from Created by Diane

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Peppermint Macarons  from Studio DIY

11Rolo Pretzel Turtles
Rolo Pretzel Turtles from Deep South Dish

12Georgia-Tea-Cakes-4
Georgia Tea Cakes from Cupcakes and Crinoline

13Shortbread
M&M Shortbread Cookies from Something Swanky

Here’s a bonus three cookie recipes from A Pinch of Joy — check out  “Desserts” on the navigation bar for other sweet recipes!   
Super Delicious Big Batch Cookies
No Bake Chocolate Cookie Gems
Delightful Coconut Macaroons

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Christmas at the Front Door

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The front porch is all decked out in its Christmas finery.
Some new, some old.
A bit of tradition, a bit of contemporary neon.
A Christmas Welcome.

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Snowflakes are the theme this year.
Traditional.
In glittery red and gold.
Not so traditional.
Add the lime green bow and swirls on the snowflake decked packages.
Definitely not traditional!
But that’s good!

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And at night they really glow.
Excuse me a moment.
I have to go tuck that electrical plug back out of sight.
The little red cardinal cheeps cheerfully whenever anyone walks by.  I like it. 
Even if someone found it a little unnerving to have a bird chirping at night when they rang the doorbell.
We had a good laugh.  Maybe that’s why I like it!

4Corner I made a new garland this year.
It didn’t take a lot of time or money — those things are precious this time of year! 

I showed you how I made a simple garland and said I would show you how I embellished it.
I found these fabulous glittery snowflakes at the dollar store.
You probably won’t find any now at your dollar store.
Particularly if you go to the same one.  I bought the last three packages. 
The flat snowflakes helped keep a low profile so the garland didn’t overwhelm the small space.
The corner embellishment features a dollar store glittery ball and a mesh bow.
There was a little neon green tube mesh left from the Halloween wreath, so I added it to the bow.
The red snowflakes are stuck to the glass with sticky tack /putty stuff.
I thought they might pop off in the cold but it’s 24 degrees right now and they are still stuck.


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The other corner.
Just to keep things balanced!
You can’t see how I fastened the ball with a red chenille stem that also made the bow
and holds the bow and ball to the garland. 
Bytes used a binder clip to fasten the chenille stem to the metal trim across the top of the door.
Pretty important part, that chenille stem! 
Flexible, influencing even when not seen and sturdy!  Holding it all together.  Kind of like a mom.
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The tail end of the garland.
We stretched the final pouf to get a bit more length.
You can just barely see the binder clip that holds it in place.
The whole garland is fastened to the house with those binder clips. 
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It all comes together! 
Add a Merry Christmas in glittery red  and a door swag quickly made.
Click the link and I’ll show you how I did it
and how the packages got their snowflakes, too

3Night

A spotlight at night that washes the whole front of the house
makes the beribboned wreaths on the windows pop.

Happy Snow Family

Before you go, let me introduce you to the
Snowman Family.
They live in the little space
where the garage is set back from the house.


House

And the big picture taken from across the street,
standing in the new neighbor’s driveway.

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Hang A Wreath – No ladder required

Hang A Wreath no ladder required -- A Pinch of Joy

Hang A Wreath no ladder required -- A Pinch of Joy

Wheels is the master of life hacks. 
Give him a challenge and he’ll figure out how to solve a problem with what’s on hand, make square pegs fit in round holes and get things done  faster and better. 
When we decided to add a wreath to each front window on our two story house during the Christmas season, that became another challenge.
How to hang a  wreath securely with minimal tools in the least amount of time possible? 
His solution means it takes him ten minutes to hang all the wreaths each year.
And that includes going to the garage attic to get them.

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Here’s the secret of his simple solution!
It uses curling ribbon and an old bead garland.
You could replace the curling ribbon with anything similar but it must be strong and thin.
Strong to hold the weight of the wreath in a side wind.
Thin so it will not disrupt the tight seal between your window and the window frame.
You could replace the bead garland chunk with anything large enough to keep the ribbon from slipping through.
A large bead would do.  Not too big since you want it to be not so noticeable on the inside of the window.
Since we were doing this on the spur of the moment, Wheels used what was on hand.
He experimented a bit to determine the correct placement of the beads on the ribbon.
He decided to keep the wreaths on a short leash so they wouldn’t run away in the wind.
Yes, he does talk that way.  But that’s another story for another day!
In other words, hang them near the top of the window so winter wind can’t easily pick wreaths up and bang them against the glass.
Or a sneaky side wind slip under a long tether and break it, blowing the wreaths away completely.

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Open the top sash of the window.  Our windows are double hung so the top slides down. 
This would also work on windows that are opened with a crank.
Or any other window that allows you access to the outside and lets you position the wreath on the top of the window frame.


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Hold the beads firmly in one hand and move the wreath into place with the other.


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Still firmly grasping the beads, close and lock the window.


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                                                                                                                       All done! 

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