Every year my Aunt Karen would host a cookie decorating party at her house. She baked gingerbread and sugar cookies ahead of time. Bowls of brightly colored icing, sprinkles and edible decorations of every kind were laid out before us. My cousins, siblings and I would go to town adorning the baked dough. At the end of the night we packed up a selection of the uneaten masterpieces in shirt boxes to bring home, ready for Santa's Christmas Eve plate.