The holiday season is here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re checking off your Christmas baking bucket list. This year, mine’s jam-packed with festive treats made for sharing. I’m particularly excited to get cracking on my grandma’s signature fruitcake cookies and a batch of pillow-soft Peppermint Meltaways. But over the last few years, I’ve learned that a holiday baking marathon becomes an event of its own. In fact, it’s one of my favorite ways to celebrate the season.
To prepare for this year’s baking days, I’ve prepared a master plan:
- Block off a few hours in the kitchen.
- Give my oven its annual check-up.
- Gather all the special ingredients. (Because let’s face it, those neon green-and-red candied fruits can be impossible to find!)
But there’s one last thing to do: Create the ultimate holiday playlist.
That’s right. The only way to kick off a cookie-baking marathon in my house is to fill the kitchen with holiday cheer that can only come in the form of music. I make sure to have a playlist of all my favorite seasonal songs revved up while I get my bake on. Seasonal tunes just make spending time in the kitchen so much more fun. Cream butter to Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas” or a decorate cutouts to a laid-back cover of “Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer” from Jack Johnson. Plus, music means I can have a spur-of-the-moment dance party while the cookies bake!
Ready to jingle bell rock? Check out the playlist, below.
I hope these holiday jams add as much cheer to your kitchen as they do to mine. Though, I will admit that my favorite sounds of the season are the giggles that (inevitably) come from friends and family when we realize we forgot to add an ingredient to our cookie mix!