Christmas cookies bring people together

Liam Pickhardt, Staff writer

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Walking around campus, the presence of the holidays and Christmas is immense. Trees are decorated and lights are strung about; stockings hang from the residence hall lounges and reefs dangle from above.
The holiday season is here and with the decorations come the endless stream of seasonal sweets. And as those sweets are rapidly consumed a question arises; what is the best Christmas cookie?
However, answering that question is not only difficult, but it is also a bit arbitrary. Making an argument for the best Christmas cookie is like arguing which song is the catchiest—it’s pointless and subjective.
No matter the type of cookie you fancy, the point of the cookies—or other sweets for that matter—is not the sweet itself, rather it is the matter in which it is consumed. And by that I mean the sweets are consumed or decorated with friends and family.
I would scarf down a poorly tasting cookie just to get more time with my friends and family. Making and decorating cookies is a fabulous way to spend time with loved ones and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit. And no matter what—or if—you celebrate during the holidays, this is a time to promote happiness and community.
The holidays are so special and truly amazing because people interact in such a friendly way with each other. In a capitalistic country, the idea of self-promotion is traditionally put at the forefront of people’s endeavors, so during the holidays it is nice to watch people put the interests of others first. That is not to say that everyone is self-centered, however, the holidays’ ability to cause people to care more about giving than receiving is uncanny.
Now back to the cookies. Set aside time to make, decorate and eat cookies with your loved ones. Even the worst cookies will taste good—or at least edible—if you are surrounded by the people you love most.
Use cookies and other sweets as a way to spend quality times with the people you love, not as some point to argue over. The rest of the year can be used to worry about the best tasting cookies.
If a cookie has the power to bring together friends and family and in a cordial manner, who cares what it tastes like, right?