In our household, we have a strict rule against celebrating seasonal holidays before their time. Otherwise, Basketball Girl’s enthusiasm for decorating would lead us to celebrate Halloween starting in August, Christmas the day after Halloween, and Easter in January. So no Christmas decorations or music are allowed around here until December 1. That’s why these cookies have nothing at all to do with Christmas. They’re Thanksgiving cookies. Or even post-Halloween cookies, since we haven’t removed the Halloween tablecloth from the kitchen table yet.