Well they're done. After 2 months of baking and a dozen different cookies later I finally put together the cookie baskets this morning. As I pulled tin after tin after Tupperware out of the freezer and lugged them upstairs I was a bit astonished at how many cookies there actually were. As I said to The Husband, "I think I overdid it."
The baking of the cookies was far more enjoyable than the assembly of the baskets. As my best friend knows, wrapping things is not my forte. I am not clever. I have no patience for making corners neat or hiding tape or tying ribbons or accessorizing packages in any way, really. One year I had a large number of Christmas presents to wrap and I hadn't begun two days prior to the holiday and my best friend came to my rescue and wrapped everyone of them for me. It's a gesture of kindness I won't ever forget.
Due to a severe snow storm yesterday followed by an ice storm last night my friend was unable to drive here to my rescue so I was left to my own devices, thus the uneven wrapping on the basket, the tape showing all over the place and the less than inspired bows and candy canes.
Hopefully the contents inside will make up for my uninspired presentation. Merry Christmas to everyone.