Years ago, in fact many years ago, I smugly told my niece and nephews that I made the very best sugar cookies in the whole wide world. "Oooh noooo...," they said. "Our mommy makes the best."
I told them, nope! Aunt Lynn makes the best.
Now at this point, my sister was even looking at me. She's the cook in our family, so how in the world and why in the world would I be making this wild claim???
I replied that Santa drops by every year to get some of my world famous sugar cookies, and then asked them if Santa ever made a special trip to their house for the treat?
Of course their answer was no...
They were invited to my house for dinner and I would show them how to make world famous sugar cookies.
The cookies had to be perfect and each one had to be iced...and just the right amount of sprinkles.
Four colors must be used. red, white, green and yellow...and there must be carrots in the house, so that when Santa came, he'd have something for the reindeer.
My sister laughed, but took me up on the dinner. Right after dinner, the doorbell rang. I calmly said, "ooh gosh, that must be Santa!"
The kids ran to the door and sure enough...HO HO HO!!! Merry Christmas! Are my sugar cookies ready? Mrs. Claus and I are so hungry for your sugar cookies! They're the best in the whole wide world!!!
The kids were wide eyed and looking lovingly at me...their favorite aunt.
Each got to sit on his lap and tell Santa of their Christmas wishes.
They're all grown up now. My niece has two children of her own and the littlest one, pictured above, is a senior in college.
To this day, you can ask them who's their favorite aunt and who makes the best sugar cookies in the whole wide world...and they'll respond that it's me.
Aren't nieces and nephews the funnest...???