I love to bake. I try to be realistic with how much I can do. I like to give cookie plates to family and friends. There are a lot of people who don't bake and appreciate homemade cookies. I make candies too. I'm the first in 3 generations to bake or be into homemaking. My grandmother, mother, and neither sisters bake desserts of any kind. They really never did any holiday fun or traditions accept Christmas dinner and gifts. I'm not sure where it comes from but I'm the creative one in the family. I prefer homemade rather than buying packaged.
It has saved us a good deal of money over the years to make our meals and dessert homemade. There were years raising our kids that our holiday budget was very small. If I hadn't been creative we would have done without many extras. I learned to make our fun all year, along with at the holidays instead of spending it. I'm thankful!
We usually premake cookie dough in October, and bake some each week starting in the middle of November. My young adult children all have fond memories of making cookies, candies, and other holiday desserts. We do make less since we are all watching our weight. Baking is just one of the frugal fun things we enjoy doing together.