It's been a while since I've been excited about Christmas. I imagine it's partly due to being a horrible godless monster and partly due to losing the excitement of receiving presents under a tree as I've grown older. These days the joy comes mostly from the fact that Christmas means the semester's over.
This year...I'm still not really excited about Christmas. I am, however, excited about something Christmas related. I'm a member of the forums over at Something Awful, and this year I'm participating in a forums-based Secret Santa. That's right: I get to bake for the Internet!
Well, at least my original plan was just to bake for my Santee. Then he had to go and have two small children, one of whom is a baby. She probably can't have cookies. Luckily, I live in a college town, with easy access to Michigan-branded stuffed animals.
Then it turned out his wife is a law student, and as a fellow law student I have to encourage her to forget she learned everything first semester 1L. Luckily mini-bottles make this much easier. They all ended up individually wrapped and labeled as live bees, because of the buzz.
I'm most worried about the cookies, though. I'm trying out two new recipes, which I'm liking so far. They are these oatmeal white chocolate chip & these old German honey cookies. However, it's kind of nerve-wracking to be baking for complete strangers who may or may not like what I send them. Am I that confident in my baking abilities? (The answer is yes, but that may change after they get them.) I'm excited to be inflicting my baking on someone new, especially with new recipes.
I'm also kind of excited to see what my Santa will send me. I've been told it's on the way, so we'll see.