It was Christmas time when a thick layer of snow had settled over the roofs of the little mice settlement. All the chimneys were smoking and lanterns stood outside the doors to illuminate the little houses.
“Nothing smells nicer than your cookies, Mommy,” squealed the excited Theodore. He pattered up and down the kitchen with his little feet.
The next day, when his friends accompanied him on the way from the mice kindergarten, the smell of delicious treats was already in front of Theo’s little house.
Olivia, the little mouse, asked, “It always smells so good at Christmas time, Theo. What cookies is your mommy baking today?”
“I think they are fresh gingerbread cookies. I’ve been wanting those so much!”
Theodore was quite proud that his mommy was so good at baking. He wanted to make himself useful in the kitchen that afternoon and help her with the preparations.
Together, they measured out all the ingredients and mixed them in a large bowl. It already smelled like delicious gingerbread, and Theo could hardly wait to roll out the dough on the big kitchen table.
Here and there, some flour landed on the floor, and even the butter stubbornly stuck to his furry little hands. His favorite task was cutting out the cookies and spreading them as carefully as possible on the baking tray.
Only a short time later, the crispy gingerbread cookies were on the windowsill. There they slowly cooled down to be decorated with sweet and sticky treats. Theo didn’t know anyone who could decorate cookies with icing as neatly as his mom.
When all the cookies were finished, half were stowed away in a storage tin for the mice kindergarten. The other half were to serve as Christmas tree ornaments. Christmas was just around the corner. Theo was allowed to decorate the green, bushy tree in the living room with the homemade gingerbread cookies.
As Theo lay in bed that evening, he was already thinking about how he would show up at kindergarten the next day with a jar full of cookies. In his dreams, all the children gathered around him to try a cookie. Theodore was really proud of his Christmas cookies.