I love Christmas cookie exchanges, but I do have a few theories on why they appear to be losing popularity: 1) who really needs 8 dozen (or more) cookies, all with the same expiry date? 2) There’s usually not enough freezer space, and 3) people tend to store them all in one giant container, making the crisp ones soft and drying out the soft ones – eventually they all start to taste the same.
There is no season that so revolves around food as Christmas, a tradition largely responsible for the number of resolutions to lose weight
on January 1.
Cookies have been as essential a part of the holidays as Christmas cards, full stockings and chestnuts roasting on an open fire (or at least the idea of them). Nothing else accompanies hot cocoa, eases holiday stresses or makes as appealing a gift for teachers, neighbors and mailmen as homemade cookies. Besides, what other snack would be sufficient for Santa? (Anyone who leaves a Nutri-Grain bar with his milk risks a stockingful of coal, and probably deserves it.)
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