Letting your kids shove snowballs down your shirt is a bad idea.
A better one: Making them a treat with a special recipe from Angel Food Bakery.
Makes 2-3 dozen cookies
3½ c. flour
1½ tsp. cinnamon
1½ tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ c. softened butter
¾ c. sugar
¾ c. light molasses
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 egg white
Lemon, vanilla, or almond extract
1. Combine dry ingredients (except sugar).
2. Cream butter and sugar, stir in egg, and add molasses.
3. Blend in dry mixture.
4. Scoop dough onto floured surface and knead into a ball.
5. Flatten slightly, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least an hour.
6. Roll out to about ¼-inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
7. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.
8. Cool before icing.
1. Combine powdered sugar and egg white.
2. Slowly add enough water to make mixture thick but spreadable.
3. Add a touch of extract.
4. Divide and color as desired.
5. Spread on cookies.
6. While icing is still wet, decorate with sprinkles.
7. Let dry overnight.
Now nobody’s left in the cold.
Find gingerbread people and other holiday sweets at Angel Food Bakery, 1636 West Montrose Avenue, between Ashland and Damen Avenues (773-728-1512 or angelfoodltd.com).
The Annotated Secret Garden
What: New release of the classic tale with fanciful Art Nouveau illustrations from the first British edition.
Why: It’s hush, hush.
When: The time is write.
Where: Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., at Farragut Ave. (773-769-9299).
What: Music by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus, along with dance performances and an audience sing-along.
Why: That’s the spirit.
When: Thurs., 7 p.m.; Fri., 3 p.m.; Sat., 1 & 4:30 p.m.
Where: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., at Adams St. (312-294-3000).
Winter Forts Workshop
What: Kids learn about animals’ winter homes and build their own with branches and ropes.
Why: Grin and bear it.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt. 53, at I-88, Lisle (630-968-0074).