I have received details about the TYLENOL® For What Matters Most™ campaign from McNeil Customer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

I&#8217ve currently pointed out a few of our family&#8217s vacation traditions right here, but there&#8217s 1 I haven&#8217t shared significantly of in the previous: baking our family members&#8217s Christmas cookie recipes.

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I&#8217m not much of a cook – in fact, I purposely wrote it in my author bio that I can&#8217t – but when it comes to baking, I&#8217m truly not that negative. I think it&#8217s since baking demands a lot more discipline than talent, and I&#8217m good at following directions: one cup of this, two tablespoons of that, etc. It constantly tastes the identical, no matter whose kitchen we&#8217re in or what utensils we have on hand.

Maybe that&#8217s why, when it comes to household traditions, baking our household&#8217s cookie recipes just perform for us. I have lots of memories around it, although it&#8217s never ever very the exact same from year to year. Occasionally, I&#8217m at Mom and Dad&#8217s property with Mom, my aunt, Granny, and my sister&#8230 all of us talking at once and acquiring flower everywhere (we are a loud and messy men and women). Dad&#8217s walking in and out, trying to stay out of all of the chaos, but also sampling a couple of of the cookies fresh out of the oven.

The extremely next year, I&#8217d just moved into a tiny apartment, but Mom saved a portion of frozen dough for me to bake on my own (exactly where I&#8217ve had to improvise with no roller and no cookie cutters&#8230 oops). It appears like no matter what, there is often at least one batch that comes out perfect. The rest are a hot mess, but hey – that&#8217s tradition too!

Recently, TYLENOL® #ForWhatMattersMost campain. In it, they are celebrating the holidays by taking a appear at the dynamic definition of &#8220family&#8221, what brings people together, and the traditions that carry on by way of generations. But maybe it&#8217s less complicated explained by way of their YouTube video:

It&#8217s not frequently that I believe an ad is really worth watching, but this a single instantly made me think of my Granny. Now that I&#8217m done with college and the house is inching closer to completion, it appears to have turn out to be much more essential for us (or at least, for me), to make a couple of much more of these holiday memories with my family members. My grandmother has been suffering with Alzheimer&#8217s for these final handful of years, so the opportunity to cook with her in the kitchen is lengthy gone. But as a kid, there were rare occasions exactly where she&#8217d let my younger sister or I sit at her kitchen table and help her roll dough. She taught us how to hand roll gnocchi, how to make her favorite &#8220thumbprint&#8221 cookies (spoiler alert: it involves your thumb), and the importance of crimping the edges in her handmade ravioli (so the ingredients don&#8217t spill out of the pasta whilst boiling&#8230 not as obvious as you would feel to a ten-year-old).

Even though I wish that she have been nonetheless in a position to do those issues with us, Mom has carried on in her place and nonetheless makes our loved ones recipes. And for me, none of them are fairly as memory-filled as Christmas cookies.

Final weekend, Mom announced that it was cookie-creating time, so I presented to come more than and aid. She had currently created some of the dough the night prior to (a few of our recipes require the dough to be cold prior to baking), but she was glad to have me come over and take a handful of images for memory&#8217s sake (she likes obtaining my DSLR about). I&#8217ll save the recipes themselves for a future post, but my afternoon with Mom was a re-education of our family&#8217s history. There had been lots of crazy &#8220that time when your Granny&#8221 stories, a couple of new ones, and a reminder of just how far our cookie tradition goes back:

great great granny&#039s recipes

These pieces of paper were handwritten by my grandmother, and the recipes belonged to my great-excellent-grandmother. We also still have (and use) my excellent-grandmother&#8217s old cookie cutters, mixed in with ones from Granny and Mom.

You can nonetheless see just a tiny bit of the red paint that utilised to coat each and every handle. Pretty cool, right?

As the cookie baking went on, Mom and I got a likelihood to catch up more than our most-frequently celebrated tradition: coffee. Also a tradition: Mom telling me about her employing malted milk in her coffee (she mentions this each and every time even although I drink mine black). But catching up is kind of the point of these kinds of activities, anyway. When I was tiny, it was about decorating cookies for Santa. Now, it&#8217s about making confident my sister and I know how to pass these recipes down.

Even though my nutty family members may not be the spitting image of Norman Rockwell&#8217s Freedom From Want, our traditions do encapsulate what matters most to us. We may possibly not consume the exact same meal each year on Christmas Eve, or drive to see the holiday lights like we utilised to, or even see the identical men and women sitting around the dinner table, but it&#8217s excellent to have reminders of family members and residence that nonetheless persist no matter where we are.

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