Then Saturday Jill and the kids joined us for the annual cookie fest, making gingerbread and sugar cookies.
The gingerbread animals are baked and cooled. On to the sugar cookies.
You'd better watch out!
We used to get big piles of sprinkles and lots of "Ooops!" Now there is meticulous creating going on.
And lastly, the gingerbread critters got their royal icing detailing.
One thing I will not be baking is pumpkin pie, at least not from our Halloween pumpkin. But what to do when we weren't home to carve it into a Jack-o-lantern, and it sat on the porch all through November and would not die?
Well, decorate it, of course.
It's the Great Christmas Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Editor's note- For those who asked, these are the traditional five kinds of cookies, as photographed last year.
L to R - Russian tea cakes, Chocolate covered cherry cookies, cranberry swirls, cherry twinkles (Jill makes these) filbert crescents, apricot foldovers.