First Look: December
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
½ cup shortening
½ cup butter (1 stick)
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
ICING recipe follows
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!
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!