Cookie Exchanges Do More Than Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

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Every year in the beginning of December, my friend and neighbor, Judith, has a get together for the gals before life gets crazy during the holidays. Held on a Monday morning, those who participate in her annual Christmas cookie exchange get together to make the “swap” but others are invited to attend for food and fellowship as well.

Although I’ve done it in the past, I didn’t participate in the cookie exchange this year. I’ve been so swamped with work and writing deadlines, I just didn’t think I had the time. And this morning while I sat working at home on my computer and 10:00 a.m. rolled around, I thought I was too busy to get away…even for a couple minutes. And I almost didn’t go.

But Ed loves those chocolate mint surprise cookies that someone almost always makes, so I grabbed my camera and walked down…you know, to get him a cookie.

I’m so glad I did!

I’ve been so isolated with looming deadlines that I forgot what a little time away could do. I caught up and laughed with a good friend I hadn’t talked to in a while (thanks, Phoebe!) and stole several bites of  yummy sweets – you know, for quality control purposes.

It was so good to get together with a group of ladies and just relax. I think every neighborhood needs a Judith, by the way. She’s the kind of person that gets things done and has been instrumental in forming other long lasting groups like the cookie exchange (which has been going strong for 11 years under her leadership!) such as a baby sitting co-op, book club and advent ornament exchange.

Refueled (with several cookies and great conversation!) I got a lot of work done today. It’s amazing what a cup of coffee and a snickerdoodle can do for your productivity! I was just sad that I didn’t make the time to make cookies for the exchange. If I had, there would be 12 dozen different yummy goodies on my counter top when my 3:00 p.m. wall hit!

But I was working so hard I didn’t even look up from my computer until 3:30 p.m. when the kids got home. Then at 4:00 p.m. the door bell rang. Judith had put together a plate of cookies for me! I was overwhelmed by the kindness of the thought.

I have to remember to take time out to get together with good friends when I’m feeling pressured and stressed. And I have to remember to thank those like Judith in my life who make get togethers like this possible.

And I think I’m going to get out the cookie sheets tomorrow and “pay it forward”. I don’t care how busy I am. Maybe someone else needs a snickerdoodle and a smile, too!

Judith with Ann (who started the cookie exchange in 1990!)

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

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