Throughout the month of December, members of the Cambria Winery family are sharing their favorite holiday traditions here on the blog. Lab Analyst Samantha Aguilar likes to celebrate by baking cookies and drinking “snugglers.” Here’s more from Samantha:

This time of year usually finds me in a baking frenzy. With friends’ Christmas parties, gift baskets for far away loved ones, and cookie plates for all of our neighbors (which my husband good-naturedly delivers for me), I probably bake about 8-10 dozen or so cookies and muffins between the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love to bake and am glad to give away the treats so I don’t have them lying around the house!

I always have to watch the movie Elf while drinking “snugglers” (hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps) to really put me in the Christmas mood. We go to Mass on Christmas Eve and watch the children’s play, followed by dinner at one of our fabulous local restaurants. That night we open a few gifts (no more than three!) before it’s off to bed. Christmas morning is spent with my family, where my mom puts on a lovely spread of breakfast food and COFFEE! My dad always wears his “Fruitcake” shirt, and I wear a big fluffy Santa Hat to pass out the gifts. Calls from out of town family and friends round out the day.

Do you go crazy for holiday baking, too? Please share your favorite traditions below.

More 12 Days of Tradition:
Day 1: Cookies, Cocoa and French Toast

Day 2: Griswold’s? Nope – the Mahoney’s!
Day 3: A Big Family Celebration
Day 4: Christmas from England
Day 5: Snow? Not for this Santa Barbara girl
Day 6: A Fuss-free holiday
Day 7: A very Disney Holiday


  • SamanthaAguilar said: Hehehe correction though, I ended up making about 30 dozen cookies this year ;)

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