An annual Christmas tradition that has always meant a lot to me is baking cookies with the children. I'm not sure they have enjoyed it as much as I have. They would probably say they love the end result! :) For me it has been a fun time to spend together and to talk with one or two of them at a time. It has also been fun to see how they choose to decorate their cookies from year to year. We are *almost* past the dump-all-the-sprinkles-the-pan-will-hold stage.
This year, however, only the two youngest had a strong desire to bake cookies with me. I could have "forced" the others to bake also, but chose instead to embrace the change.
Others may bake again next year....
so it is not necessarily a permanent change. I am slowly learning, as my children age, to go with the flow and keep my own non-negotiables few. I have some awesome mom friends with slightly older children to emulate as I become a parent of (almost) adult children.
And in the mean time, I thoroughly enjoyed baking with my 12 and 10 year olds!