With an exhausted, happy little boy tucked safely in bed, a belly full of tasty food and A Muppet Christmas Carol on the TV, it’s hard to feel anything other than lucky today. This was the first year that my son understood the concept of Santa, so it was the first year that we left out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Santa made out like a bandit with Chocolate Thumbprints from Vegan with a Vengeance, Maple cookies from Chloe’s Kitchen and Chai Snickerdoodles from Isa Does It (plus a nice glass of soy milk and some carrots for the reindeer). The Chocolate Thumbprints were the breakout star of the cookie plate and have been fully devoured. At 2, my son does not yet fully understand the concept of doing for others, so Santa’s cookies were gently licked before being hastily placed upon the plate after Daddy’s reminder that they were for the big man.
A word of warning: she who tells a toddler that a chubby, bearded man will be breaking and entering assumes the risk of interrupted sleep. My son demanded to sleep in our bed because he was concerned that, along with Santa, “skunks and birds” would be coming down the chimney. Fortunately, my son hasn’t yet started waking at the crack of dawn on Christmas, so we received some compensation for our semi-sleepless night and got to sleep until 8.
After presents and a nice, long walk with the dog, our day of feasting began. Christmas is a great excuse to bake, so I didn’t stop with cookies. For our Christmas dessert, we enjoyed pumpkin pie. I used the crust recipe from Vegan Pie in the Sky and the filling recipe from La Dolce Vegan. (I did not make the crumb-nut topping and the pie was delicious even without). This pie received rave reviews.
Whatever you celebrate, I hope your holidays were filled with family, friends, laughter and lots of cruelty-free goodies.