Michael Knock Holiday Cookie board recipes


The holidays can sometimes get a little crazy. We get so caught up in the shopping and the wrapping and making things look just Martha Stewart perfect that we forget to focus on the things that make us smile.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the things that made Christmas special to me as a child. It might surprise the young me of 50 years ago that none of those things came wrapped up in boxes or bows. Instead, they were far simpler.

They had to be. I grew up in the 1970s in a tiny town in Northwest Iowa. Back then, Melvin had roughly 250 people, and I was probably related to most of them. We had one grocery store, one bank, and the big excitement for the week was watching the high school teams play basketball at the Community Building on Friday night.


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