Chris started her Christmas Cookie
Exchanges in the late 60's, or maybe even earlier. The first
definite memory of these was in 1967. She would invite women
from her antique groups, her sorority sisters, friends, family.
Each would bring 6 dozen cookies, all the same. The unique
thing that she would have them do: they had to bring their
cookies in an unusual container or an antique. There were
prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best in originality. And did
these women come up with some really different ideas!
Based on the number of women attending, they would
take home 72 different cookies to enjoy with their families.
Usually, the cookies would be eaten within a couple of days.
Days of preparation were needed to put on each annual Cookie Exchange. For the last 4 or 5 Cookie exchanges her daughter, Amy Allison, pitched in to help Chris with decorating, the gifts & games, and signs used at the event. After 41 years, Chris has put down her spatula and gingerbread cookie molds, and retired her Cookie Exchanges. But she holds Generations of Gingerbread Boys near and dear to her heart.
|(Click on the pictures to enlarge) Pictures from 2008 - A Farewell|
|Socializing||Chris reads "Martha Stewart's Christmas"||More women||These 2 (on left) traveled from Southern Indiana to come to this event !|
|Long-time attendees||1st Place Winner - Ruth Ann Neff||Just look at all these cookies !||3rd Place Winner
Marsha Langdon (not pictured)
|Amy and Chris
(Helper and Hostess)
|2nd Place Winner -
A farewell poem