December 2014: Cookies, Community, and Celebration

Cookie Exchange, Hostess

On the first Saturday in December, an eclectic group of women meet to exchange holiday cookies. Now the uniqueness of this event is we don't really socialize as a group during the year. The organizer and hostess of this Annual Cookie Exchange is Helen. She has opened her home and maintained this tradition for more than thirty years.

Our annual invitations originally came by mail. We confirmed attendance by our land-line phones. Technology changed. We then received an email and RSVP back electronically. An Evite now arrives mid-November to remind us of our yearly gathering.  A map is attached to the invite to download on our phone.  The phone's GPS can talk to us to her home.We have expanded our communication horizons, but the baking habits haven't changed.  The essence of cookie creation is traditional and substantial. The ingredients measured and true.

You are probably wonder why do we come every year? Why do we bake twelve dozen cookies and include a recipe? Why do we search for a food item to make or buy to enhance the potluck brunch? Why do we engage in this holiday tradition with women we don't socialize with, work with, or congregate with at church?

Helen and Emily,
Mother and Daughter
We come to celebrate being women and the torchbearers of tradition. The past, present, and future is represented in this mix.We are writers, public relations directors, special event coordinators, geologists, programmers, admission officers, professors, nurses, structural designers, teachers, painters, etc.  We stand together to toast another year even though we are from different places, stages, and directions.

The air is electric. The energy warms Helen's home.  This group honors a past tradition carried on by today's women who are teaching their daughters for tomorrow.


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