Week 30: Christmas is coming! (Cookies, anyone?)

As I looked out the window today and saw soft, little snowflakes floating around in the wind, it finally hit me… Christmas is almost HERE! Finally, my most favorite time of the year!

Working as a designer for a major retailer, I started thinking of Christmas themes and designs way back in August. So, as time has passed by and we finally put our Christmas designs online (like our NEWEST home page), it should have hit me that, yes, Christmas is finally approaching. But, it hadn’t quite struck me until now.

Usually, when I go home for Thanksgiving, the snow + being around my family + going early Black Friday shopping at the mall, which is decorated like a Christmas winter wonderland, is enough to get me into the holiday spirit, and then some. In fact, it used to take all my strength to not get into the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving. When I was little, we would get home from our relatives’ Thanksgiving party, and I would be so excited for the holidays that I would start dragging out the Christmas decorations—at which point my mom would scold me and tell me to wait until the next morning because, “no, we are not putting up all the Christmas decorations at 11 o’clock at night. “

But, this year has been different for some reason. Christmas has seemed like some far-off day to me; yet now, we are down to less than 25 days until my single most favorite day of the year.

Now that the holiday cheer has begun to warm my little heart, it’s time to start planning. Do you love it, or dread it, all the planning that Christmas entails? The Christmas tree, the decorating, the gift buying & wrapping, the trips into the city to see the twinkling lights, the Christmas cookie making… I love it all! (Though I do admit that sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming.)

My goal this year (besides getting my Christmas shopping all done before December 24th) is to make a bunch of delicious—but healthier—Christmas cookies. I am a cookie FIEND and I love sweets. Although I’m trying to be healthier this year, I definitely don’t want to miss out on my cookies!

So tell me: What are your favorite kinds of Christmas cookies, and if you’re willing to share, what’s your favorite recipe? Please leave a comment and let me know! I will pick some of your recipes, plus some of my favorites, and bake them in my self-proclaimed Great Cookie Caper of 2010. :) They may not be deemed as “healthy” but, at least they will be healthier! And, on top of that, I plan to show you cute ideas on how to make cookies into cute Christmas gifts.

Fat Stats:
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 148.5 pounds
This week: 149.5 pounds (1 pound of turkey, stuffing, and mom’s homemade apple pie!)
Goal weight: 145 pounds

Have a holly jolly week!
Amanda
@jockey_amanda

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Gifting the same gifts: Great minds think alike

“Now that all of the children are grown, we still meet at my mom’s house to celebrate Christmas. A few years ago, we were doing the gift exchange and I was thrilled as I opened a gift from my mom and found that my favorite Jockey® underwear was her gift to me. I kept a completely straight face and urged her to open her present from me. When she did, she laughed so hard as I had gotten her the exact same thing she had bought for me – style and all!!! Good judgment seems to run in our family – like mother, like daughter!” -Laura, Milwaukee, WI

“My sister and I have similar tastes and both shop out Jockey® outlets. One year, we each bought the same style, same color holiday flannel pajamas for each other without knowing it until we exchanged gifts.” -Michelle from Kutztown, PA

If you, your family and your friends wear Jockey® styles – obviously you all have great taste! =) Once you get hooked on the fit and feel, you want everyone you love to experience it too! Our cozy microfleece and festive pajamas make fabulous gifts this season. Watch out! The same great styles may end up under your tree.

So tell us! What Jockey gifts are you giving this year? And, what would you like to receive?

The tradition continues…

“My wife’s mother always bought her sons and I identical gifts. The first one who opened his present would show it around and tell everyone what all the guys are getting for Christmas. This got to be a family tradition because every year we got the same gift: two pair of jeans, two packages of Jockey® traditional briefs. When my wife started helping her shop, the gifts changed. We still got the jeans but instead of white, traditional full rise briefs and tee shirts, we started getting Elance® styles, Poco briefs, colored briefs and tee shirts. ‘We got a little flair in our underwear!’ My wife and I shop at the Jockey® store in Branson, MO. Just about every time we go to that store, one of us will mention her Mom’s Christmas presents to all of us.” -Jim from Springfield, MO

The tradition of giving or getting underwear and socks for Christmas…I think we all have a story of Grandma or mom gifting us these “essentials.” For me, it was my Grandma, giving all the boys crew undershirts and tube socks and all the girls matching pajama sets. Once all the gifts were passed out, all of us grandkids would try to figure out which box the undies were in so we could just open it and get it over with! We’d all groan “thanks Grandma” and roll our eyes at each other.

But, looking back, Grandma had the right idea. Most gifts we’d play with or use for a couple months and be done with, but those undershirts, socks and undies were definitely gifts that lasted all year round. It’s funny, now that all of us kids are grown, Grandma and Grandpa now just gift money, and I, copywriter for Jockey.com®, have now turned into the “gifter” of undies galore. So, the tradition does continue, but like Jim and his wife, my undie tradition has an updated and modern appeal. I definitely still gift the men in my family Classic undershirts and athletic socks, but I treat them to our newest underwear collections of Euro sport, 3D-Innovations® tees and boxer briefs, Echelon™ styles and this year, I’m even giving my dad Euro Fashion! He’s a brief guy and this is my attempt to bring him into the 2000’s with bold colors and stripes! My mom, sister and cousins can’t wait to try our newest activewear styles, minis and festive pj’s. Plus, everyone on my Christmas list is getting a mini brief key chain in their favorite color.

Today, with Jockey.com® offering over 500 styles – make sure you continue your underwear giving tradition. Treat your loved ones to the best in style, comfy-ness and color! I can almost guarantee that eye rolls and groans are a thing of the past!

Merry underwear giving!

Gift giving made simple

Need gift ideas? You’ve come to the right place. We just launched our Holiday 2009 Gift Guide! Filled with hundreds of gift ideas for everyone on your list this year. NEW arrivals include cozy slippers, microfleece robes, festive pj’s, scarves & mittens and workout clothes. And, of course, we’ve got tons of new underwear styles and classic Jockey favorites. On a holiday budget this year? No stress! Shop by price: gifts under $15, $30 and $60. (you’ll still be spoiling them with Jockey style & comfort). Merry shopping: www.jockey.com/gifts