Marash Girl's Sicilian Pizzeles, closest to the camera,were on the table
but didn't make it into the photo.
Yesterday evening, Marash Girl attended her first ever Christmas Cookie Exchange at Grace Episcopal Church. The rules? Everyone who attends brings 3 dozen cookies and sets them out on the table, identifying her platter with her name and the name of the cookie. The participants line up and walk around the table ("Like in musical chairs?" one of the ladies asked), taking one cookie from each platter; the ladies (there were no men present) kept walking around the table until everyone had one, two, three, or four of each cookie that was on the table in her basket. They kept walking around the table until all the platters of cookies on the table were empty and all the ladies' containers were full of cookies. The walk around the table took more than an hour, even though the table was only 10 feet long, as the ladies lingered over each platter, admiring the array of cookies, sharing recipes, and catching up on the latest family news.,