This last weekend was a whirlwind for our family. My husband Peter and I (Kelli) lead our church’s orchestra, and last weekend was our huge worship service kicking off the Christmas season. After a week of dress and tech rehearsals, we spent the weekend playing and singing four services. We spend every weekend, starting in September, preparing for this huge service of songs for combined choir and orchestra.
We spend lots and lots of time preparing with the forty-five people, and they spend lots of time investing in rehearsals and additional practice time at home. These services are a huge undertaking for all of us who voluntarily give of our time, but it is so worth it. The blessings are countless.
Since Peter and I are the leaders of this group of musicians, we take it upon ourselves to attempt to express great gratitude to them. There is nothing we can do or give that is truly adequate to express our appreciation, but we try. Every year, we write each musician a well thought out and sincere note of thanks. We also include a bag of homemade Christmas goodies. This year, we included chocolate crinkles, snickerdoodles, and those yummy rolo / pretzel / pecan treats that are oh so tasty.
I think cookies are an excellent (and yummy!) way to show love, friendship, and Christmas cheer this season. In case you are the type who really enjoys baking cookies, but you don’t need the additional calories (like me!), here is a list to consider of some ‘off the beaten path’ type people who may enjoy your tasty treat. And remember, try to include a personalized note to the receiver if appropriate..your kind works may just change their whole week around!
Ten people who may enjoy your homemade cookies this Christmas season:
1. Your mail man or UPS man. I have noticed that my mail man has been running late these days. I really don’t think that is his fault. I think he is out delivering lots and lots of packages and Christmas cards this time of year. Yes, I know he gets paid to do that, but I don’t think that matters. He is still working hard, and giving him cookies is a great way to encourage him.
2. The single widower. That’s not a typo. I meant to say ‘widower.’ There are lots of older gentlemen who have lost their spouse. (Sometimes it makes me want to cry when I see them alone at McDonalds drinking their coffee.) Some of these men had wives who used to do all their cooking and baking most of their married life. Making cookies is a little out of their comfort zone. If you take them a tray of cookies, they may enjoy taking something homemade to their family gathering this year.
3. Your cashier at your grocery store. Do you shop at the same grocery store every week? Have you ever considered going to the same cashier every time? I have done this, and even though they see lots of people every day at the store, they will start to remember you. I have slowly started to learn their names and make small talk. I have never taken them cookies before, but its something that I know my hardworking Aldi employee would feel noticed and appreciated by.
4. Your trash truck driver. My little guy loves waiting for the trash truck to come around every week. And, the truck driver is so great with him – he waves, honks, and even talks to him briefly when driving by our house. Levi generally relays the conversation to his daddy later that day (even though the conversation is almost the same thing every week). I (Kristi here now!) doubt most people choose the trash truck driver as their person to treat, and in our case, he really is someone special.
5. Someone who lives away from home. This category is really very broad. It can range from a college student to a family with several children living away from extended family. Having been in both of these scenarios, just being thought of during holidays is really nice. I know a lot of families have cookies coming out their ears around Christmas, but one year just after having had a baby, we had literally not had any Christmas cookies. This sounds silly and ridiculous (and my postpartum hormones were probably raging) but it was one more thing to rub in that we didn’t have family near.
6. Your handy-man. We recently had new windows installed. Throughout the installation process, our worker man spent a lot of time in our home. We made an attempt to get to know him and he seemed to enjoy talking to us as he went about his work. Because we plan on having him back to help us with additional projects around the home, this would be a great way to be intentional on reaching out to him (not for business, but to truly get to know him and let him know we appreciate his work).
7. A new mom. As I referenced above, sometimes things don’t get done when you have a new baby in the house. Christmas babies are wonderful, just like babies any other time of year, but sometimes you miss out on some of the Christmas activity. If you know of a family with a new little baby in tow, help make Mom’s life a little easier. Even if they don’t eat them, she can give them away as though she made them herself :).
8. Someone who has been especially helpful to you. This may seem like a long shot for a category but its not really a one-size fits all world. Have you had something in your life recently where someone has been overly helpful for you? This can range from something serious like your family has been sick and your friend came by to watch your kids or clean your house to something a little more lighthearted like you needed a new color scheme in your house and the lady at the paint store has been super patient and helpful as you go back and forth between colors with her (not that I speak from experience or anything..).
9. Someone who has lost a loved one. Holidays can be especially tough when someone you love is no longer with you. Sometimes traditions are forgotten or just too difficult to carry on that following Christmas. Depending on the relationship you have with this person, you could ask if there is a specific recipe they would enjoy (perhaps one that their loved one made..or something completely different). Or, you can just simply choose your own and send them a simple note.
10. A single person or single roommates. Sometimes I think single people get overlooked in holiday traditions. Depending on their age and if they’re men or women, they’re in a tough spot of being too old to be associated with their parents but also not grouped into the young family category since they don’t have a spouse or kids. Everyone likes to be remembered and thought of and a single person is no exception. Although a house of girls may not seem like they want a plate of cookies sitting around, it’s the thought behind them that is the gift (and hello, girls love sweets!!). As for a house of guys, send them a plate of cookies and your leftovers!
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