Making an assortment of holiday cookies doesn't have to mean countless days of rolling, baking, and decorating. Why not bake several batches of one kind, then trade a dozen or two with a few friends? That's the idea behind our cookie-swap party.
Invite guests to join you for this festive gathering, and ask them to bring a few batches of their favorite homemade holiday cookies along with copies of the recipe. By the end of the party, each guest will end up with a delightful mix of confections and will welcome the beginning of a very sweet tradition.
Call it the holiday shuffle: The four or five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's that seem to fly by in a blur of activity can leave even the most experienced hostess breathless. The solution? A week-by-week plan of action that spreads out the tasks you need to accomplish while making space for enjoying the season and the traditions you value most.
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