Christmas Exchanges

Do you participate in Cookie Exchanges? I did years ago, I packaged up twelve dozen wonderful Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies. I came home with broken cookies,burned cookies, cookies my girls wouldn’t eat. It was a total waste of time. One time was enough for me after that I would let the children chose one or two kinds of cookies that they liked and we would bake before Christmas. Jen liked Rosettes so I bought an iron and made them a few years. Trica liked Fudge and we invariably would try a recipe and it would turn out to be spoon fudge..which was acceptable to her. They both liked Star Cookies a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate star on top. I always had to hide the chocolate stars in the deep freeze or they would be all gone when it was time to bake. I have not baked any cookies this year..the girls will bring some of their baked treasures along..I heard that one of them made caramels, mints, and Star Cookies, she is my over achiever. Hopefully I will get some pumpkin bread made..the grands all love it.

Jen called one day last week..she said she was going to a cookie exchange.. I said "Great, I hope some of them are edible." She said.."Well Mother, times have changed and the women that don’t bake just get gourmet packaged cookies at ten dollars a dozen..they can afford to have someone bake for them." I thought..what a waste..good for the cookie baker..but ten dollars a dozen?? I hope they were edible..and not burned or broken.

I participated in an exchange this year! I signed up for an ornament exchange. I got two cute little ornaments from a gal in Florida..they look great on my tree! I sent off one of my handmade loons and a tin spoon with a painted Santa on it that said "Ho Ho Ho" down the handle. I was pleased with this kind of was a whole lot better than cookies.

Far Guy and I drug ourselves to a local shopping establishment last night armed with our "list".. we were confused. Play Station Ones and Twos..DS… Wii..I pod.. all these thingys that we have absolutely no idea..what they do. I approached one of the ASSistant Managers with my list, he said can’t help you with your isn’t in our computer.. I asked him if the movies are? "Yup "the ASSistant said. I said "WELL could you look up ——-?" OK he could..but the phone he had to talk to his friend on the STORE phone while I waited. ( Picture me standing by the counter, clicking my fingernails on the counter to the tune of some death march) Nope, no luck, they did not have that movie. Luckily we ran into a group of teenagers who knew where everything was..and then a store employee that actually knew something helped us to find almost everything on our list. I remembered to get gift receipts..because I am positive we messed up on something exchanges will have to be made. We headed home.. I have one final list..and IF I cannot find something..they are getting socks or mittens. I have really had it with this shopping crap. I don’t like it, I hate that Christmas is a commercial holiday. So far I have enjoyed this I am sure that when all the cooking starts next week I am really going to be happy..nothing like spending a day or two in the kitchen to perk me up.

Far Guy is working on the Christmas Letter..the envelopes, paper and stamps stand at the ready..I usually do them on a stormy day..haven’t had one of those yet in December so the greetings remain undone. I do have all that wrapping paper to use up..that part I don’t hate..I find it rather freeing to slice into paper with a sharp instrument:)


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6 Responses to Christmas Exchanges

  1. Geri says:

    HI Well you said it all That shopping was great fun when they were little and you seen such delight in their eyes. Today I think they have way to much. Any way try 27 grandkids,14 adults and mom I’m tired befor I start. The cards may be out for new years or 2010. Next year I will take the advice of my 4 child, go to the bank an get the money and put it in the cards. He said the bank even give you a cards to go with.
    Now for the baking and cooking no problem,love it.

  2. TechnoBabe says:

    The ornament exchange does sound more to your liking. Funny description of your Christmas woes though. Keep your scissors handy.

  3. buffalo gal says:

    I did a cookie exchange last year with the same sort of results as yours..I was disapointed and will not do that again.
    I made nut goodie bars and we are having a hard time saving them til Christmas. Same with the fruitcake and I am the only one who likes it.

  4. Abra La Mente says:

    I’ve done the cookie exchange only once that I remember, but my results were awesome. It was a bunch of teachers/paras at school, and they brought their recipes & I made a recipe booklet for everyone. I only worked there a couple years, so I don’t know if they ever did it again. My mom and two of my sisters got together Tuesday & baked a bunch of stuff–my goodies are almost demolished however (not from poor results or breaking–from eating). 😉 I think I like the idea of an ornament exchange. I shopped some yesterday–not too hard because we have a very limited budget once again, so there are very few choices in the range I am spending.

  5. Ann says:

    Many years ago also did a cookie exchange, can’t recall the results. But I do have a very picky taste as to what I like in cookies and Dave doesn’t do peanut-butter or nuts. So You can guess were that leaves me. Baked a couple more batches today. Tomorrow the church program will share some there. I love my Loon ornament. Cute little surfer guy. I pick up a few new to me ornaments at the trify stores on Friday. They had 1/2 price sale on them.

  6. ineeda says:

    Hi Farside — I laughed out loud when I read you were looking forward to a couple of days in the kitchen to perk you up. NOT. Me neither. All I can stand is one day of preparing food for company, then I’ve had it. Just remember to enjoy the “people” part of the holiday. Have a good one!

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