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First Look: December

30 Nov 2021 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe we’ve taken another trip around the sun and the Holiday Season is among us. This time of year can bring many emotions along with it but our hope and main focus here is to only bring joy and happiness into your lives. As Buddy the Elf said, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear”. While we may not all be singers, there are a multitude of ways to bring holiday cheer into ours and others lives! This season is all about giving, spending time with loved ones, creating memories that will last a lifetime and spreading happiness! Here at Gibsonlook, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to experience or spread holiday cheer & our go-to winter items to keep things easy.


Sienna: My family loves to ski at Sundance on Christmas morning, so we head to the slopes and spend the entire day on the mountain. Spending all that time out in nature that day with loved ones is so special and has created such amazing memories!

My go-to apres-ski outfit the GIGI Luxe Lounge Cozy Ribbed Jumpsuit for comfort & warmth.

Savanna: I come from a family that loves to bake so we spend a day making and decorating Sugar Cookies for all the families in our neighborhood! A simple gesture goes a long way and is a great way to share quality time with family. See my family recipes below.

I love to bake in the Ruffle Trim Pointelle Knit Henley Top, it’s cute and casual & easy to throw-on to visit the neighbors. 

Tanessa: My family will go caroling at our local hospital or retirement centers! It reminds me of why this season is so special, it is so much more rewarding to focus on others than yourself and I think that is something that should be done in our everyday lives!

I cozy-up to go carolling in the Ashley T Neck Chunky Rib Relaxed Sweater, it’s easy to style with denim or a skirt and I feel effortlessly put together.

Lex: I do my best to show up for the community during the holiday season. I try to volunteer my time, donate resources or just be patient & kind during the hustle & bustle. It brings a deep sense of connection, gratitude and definitely some holiday cheer.

I love the super-soft material and casual ease of the Dolman Sleeve Ribbed Cozy Knit Top especially when I’m busy running around. 

Megan: My family loves to drive around and see the Christmas lights in our area every year. With it being our very first year in a new house, we were able to join in on the holiday fun and decorate our house with lights! It gives the community something to be joyful about and brings light (literally and figuratively) to the neighborhood. I was so excited to contribute to the fun!

I plan to wear the Cozy Knit Tunic with Asymmetrical Back Detail while we go see the lights. It is warm, super easy to layer and comes in the best colors!



Sugar Cookies

INGREDIENTS 
½ cup shortening
½ cup butter (1 stick)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
ICING recipe follows

DIRECTIONS
1) In an electric stand mixer, cream together shortening, butter and sugar. Add in eggs, vanilla, and sour cream.
2) Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture.
3) Form dough into a ball and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
4) Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit. On a floured surface, roll out dough and cut out cookies (they should be about 1/2 inch thick).
5) Place cookies on nonstick baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until barely done (they shouldn't get brown! It's a sin to over bake these lovelies ;) Ice with cream cheese frosting found below and decorate with sprinkles! Enjoy!

Ginger Chocolate Cookies
Yield: 3 dozen
INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
 
DIRECTIONS
1) In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.
 
2) In an electric mixer, cream the butter and grated ginger until whitened, about 4 minutes. Add the brown sugar; beat until combined. Add the molasses and beat until combined.
 
3) In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in 3 teaspoons of very hot water. Beat half of the flour mixture in the butter mixture. Beat in the baking soda mixture, then the remaining half of the flour mixture (Dough will seem a little dry, don't worry). Mix in the chocolate chips.  
 
4) Pat dough ball on plastic wrap until 1 inch thick. Seal the wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
 
5) Preheat oven to 325 F. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies for 10 to 15 minutes until surfaces crack slightly. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

We encourage you to spread some cheer and make it a personal priority to brighten someone’s day this holiday season and beyond. We love our Gibsonlook community and are so grateful for you! Make sure you’re subscribed here so you don’t miss out on any of our upcoming holiday promos and drops.

Wishing you a month full of love, joy and fun!

xx
--Gibsonlook

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