Saturday morning we hosted a cookie exchange. In extending invitations we discovered that many of our friends had never heard of a cookie exchange. The purpose of a cookie exchange is to arrive with one kind of cookie and leave with an assortment of cookies. We asked the ladies and girls that we invited to bring three dozen cookies.
Before exchanging cookies, the ladies met in the living room, and with Christmas carols playing softly in the background, shared ways they keep Christ in Christmas. Ideas included sending care packages to elderly friends, singing Christmas carols, and simply wishing acquaintances "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays."
Then we assembled in the dining room to sip tea or punch, nibble on fruit and cheese from the pyramid I constructed, and, of course, admire and taste the cookies. One of the ladies counted twenty different types of cookies from Rice Krispie Treats to Peanut-butter Blossoms to Chocolate Pinwheels. In the end, each lady left with a platter of twirled, sprinkled, dipped or frosted confections.