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Great, site I will be trying this for the first time this year! I hope it works!
Jennifer <jmllight@altavista.com>
Quakertown, PA USA - Sunday, November 19, 2000 at 22:55:52 (EST)

I was just getting a head start on my holiday baking. Saw your web site in Holiday Cakes & Cookies. Thanks for the great ideas! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!
Jackie Nichols <d_j@sympatico.ca>
Wasaga Beach, ON Canada - Sunday, November 19, 2000 at 15:13:57 (EST)

What a joy to find your web site! I'm going to host a cookie exchange for the ladies of our church this year. I plan to use your suggestions and direct the ladies to your web site for recipes! Since it takes a little more effort to get into the "Christmas Mood" here in Florida, I think this cookie exchange will be a wonderful "mood setter"!
Lynne Butcher <danlynbut@juno.com>
Stuart, FL USA - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 10:34:36 (EST)

Great Site!! I'm actually hosting the exchange this year, since we just moved to NJ in June, it was my idea. The guest list contains only 7 families. Yes, families. We are including crafts in the basement for the kids "With Babysitters" and the hors deourves and beverages for the adults with some kid treats. 3 of the familes know each other, since our jobs transferred us all to NJ, so it seemed more fund to have the entire family. We are requiring 8 dozen of the same cookie from each participant. This way we all go home with 7 dozen cookies, and 1 doz. of each to sample. Also we are doing a family gift exchange game. I don't have the details yet but it sounded fun. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for your suggestions.
Karen Toole <tullek@worldnet.att.net>
Bloomsbury, NJ USA - Friday, November 17, 2000 at 09:14:10 (EST)

This is my third year hosting a cookie exchange and infact this year I thought about changing the theme to something else, but the ladies that I usually invite wanted to know what I planned for this year and they all liked the cookie exchange. I guess this will be a yearly event that we ladies look forward to. I have enjoyed reviewing your website.
Michelle <Msgr8bkr@aol.com>
USA - Friday, November 17, 2000 at 09:08:29 (EST)

I am having my first cookie exchange this year and having about 10 people. I noticed you recommend 6 dozen each. Do you think 3 - 4 dozen each will be sufficient. Also, I am going to stress that the cookies are not too fancy because we all have children and they like the basics. Will this work or do you foresee any problems.
Marianne Dabney <rdabney@stargate.net>
Coraopolis, PA USA - Thursday, November 16, 2000 at 22:00:24 (EST)

You are a woman after my own heart! I'm hosting my 15th Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange this year! My tradition started (as a way to meet neighbors) when we moved to MD from Saratoga Springs, NY in the mid-80s. I love it & run mine the same as you. As I read your Rules, I couldn't help but think "my sentiments exactly!" I encourage "holiday looking" cookies too. I can't believe how some people think chocolate chips are a special holiday treat. I've got a great recipe for you...New Zealand Holly cookies. They are a raspberry filled cookie w/white icing & holly berries painted on top. - my all time favorites. How about you? Do you have a favorite to share with me? I'd love to send you a photo or two of my special event along with the recipe. Would you be willing to share your address with me? If not, maybe I can get a friend to show me how to use our scanner that has been sitting next to the computer for six months!? Hope to hear from you soon, Robin. Happy Holidays! Adrienne
Adrienne Marie Santore <rsantore@erols.com>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Thursday, November 16, 2000 at 21:40:47 (EST)

I used to be involved in cookie exchanges and they have always been alot of fun. I am trying to get one going here at work for all the ladies (the guys can join us too) to get together. We seem to all be so busy, I thought this would be a good thing for all of us. Usually, I organize a wreath making class or old town shopping with lunch, but this might get more people involved. We shall see! Thank you very much for the exchange rules (it's been so long, I have forgotten), tips, and wonderful recipies. Wish me luck and Happy Holidays!
Marla R. <r.marla@mailcity.com>
Vancouver , WA USA - Thursday, November 16, 2000 at 15:03:17 (EST)

What a wonderful site Robin! Thanks for all the ideas for Cookie Exchanges. Great recipes. Will be back again. Gail
Gail Bordeniuk <gail_bordeniuk@pcp.ca>
Calgary, AB Canada - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 16:32:17 (EST)

I saw your special last year on FoodTV and it inspired me to host my first Cookie Exchange this year! Thank you for all of the great advise, you will definately get the credit this year!
Cristine Butler <taffykids@aol.com>
Valencia, CA USA - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 15:52:54 (EST)

What a beautiful web site with custom graphics! And chocked full of info for the cookie exchange enthusiast! Thanks a bunch, I was able to find a recipe for the rice crispie wreaths on your site!
Byron Ferguson <byron@byrini.com>
Golden, CO USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 14:38:52 (EST)

dear robin, I reaaly like your idea my all the mothers on my sons soccer team have been looking for something like this. Now, we have found it . I'll let you know how it goes.Have a good holiday. Kathy Reynolds
kathy Reynolds <katreynolds@catskill.net>
USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 10:36:27 (EST)

I love your ideas. My neighbors and I started a cookie swap several years ago after seeing an article in Southern Living Magazine. Last year I used your invitation rules to help "remind" people what was accepted. Good luck with your 2000 swap.
Lynn <lynn0621@home.com>
Smyrna, TN USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 16:19:43 (EST)

I've had a cookie exchange since 1988, usually 25-35 ladies. I have an elaborate brunch always on the second Saturday of December at 10:00. We're finished by l:00 and they're free to go shopping. Several ladies have attended every one and they always dress Christmasy to get us into the season. My house is decorated for Christmas inside and out. My large dogwood tree in the front yard even has cookies hanging from its limbs with colored ribbons (these cookies are purchased butter cookies with a hole in them for the ribbons--only purchased cookies allowed!) The birds love me for a few days! I will not have a cookie exchange this year because I hope to be moving by year's end from Virginia to Maryland, but look forward to starting one in Annapolis for my new friends next year. My old friends in Virginia will also be invited! I enjoy every minute of my hard labors and every year we talk about next year!
Mary Cooper <MCtourdir@aol.com>
Front Royal, VA USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 15:39:51 (EST)

Wow! Your website is TDF! I love it and thanks so much for making my first Cookie Exchange planning a snap. I love to cook and bake and heard about this wonderful idea. I'll let you know how it all turns out! Again, thanks for all the wonderful tips! Sylvia Guenther
Sylvia Guenther <bridalboutique@uswest.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 12:03:01 (EST)

Wow! Your website is TDF! I love it and thanks so much for making my first Cookie Exchange planning a snap. I love to cook and bake and heard about this wonderful idea. I'll let you know how it all turns out! Again, thanks for all the wonderful tips! Sylvia Guenther
Sylvia Guenther <bridalboutique@uswest.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 12:03:00 (EST)

I'm starting a new tradition with my daughter this year to bake lots of cookies. I look forward to trying the recipes you have featured.
Wanda Doty <adoty@prodigy.net>
USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 16:01:08 (EST)

Hosted my cookie exchange for 5 years.
Carol Limon <catlvr2000@hotmail.com>
covina, ca USA - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 00:49:13 (EST)

What a wonderful site you have created. I sent it to 5 of my friends. Great work! Thank you
Christine Osborne <cosborne@city.winnipeg.mb.ca>
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 11:52:26 (EST)

I'm thinking about hosting my first cookie exchange this year - this site has been great!
Jenny Boone <chadboone@excite.com>
Jacksonville, fl USA - Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 23:10:46 (EST)

Last year was the first year I hosted a cookie exchange and we had a blast! I organized my exchange a lot like you do (although I just found this website). I gave out first, second and third prizes for the most creative cookie containers. Some people got very creative and that just added to the fun. I really enjoy this website and I will definitely return to use it as a reference. Thanks!
Krista Wise <kwise@monotursville.k12.pa.us>
S. Williamsport, PA USA - Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 12:28:50 (EST)

I'm finally going to do it. Have my own Cookie Exchange. Have wanted to do it for years, but didn't know exactly how to go about it. Thanks for your informative web site detailing all I need to know. I'll eat a cookie (that I didn't bake) for you! Regards, Lynne
Lynne <qoe@sna.com>
CA USA - Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 02:25:17 (EST)

I'm thinking about doing a cookie exchange for our office. I've done a small one, but there may be up to 30 people participating. Thanks for the input.
Phyllis Schwarz <philonna@aol.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 21:30:21 (EST)

Just found this website - looking at hosting my first cookie swap. Thanks for the great ideas.
Elizabeth MacLaren <bthmac@aol.com>
Frederick, MD USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 13:59:21 (EST)

Two years ago I was invited to my first cookie exchange, I had a great time. Last year I decided to do it again, but two different parties. This year I am hosting my own exchange party. When I saw your website address in my new magazine I just had to check it out. I know now that my party will be a big hit.
Amy Rondeau
Voorheesville, NY USA - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 22:02:41 (EST)

I am going to start a cookie exchange in my new neighborhood. Thanks for all the great tips and helpful hints. Wish me luck!
Karen DeLutis <karen_delutis@afausairways.org>
Bridgewater, MA USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 09:39:58 (EST)

Linda <montanadavids@aol.com>
USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 02:10:38 (EST)

I have wanted to do an cookie exchange party for years, now thanks to your help It will become a reality. Thanks again. Carol
Carol Mayer <ccraftyone@aol.com>
Phoenix, az USA - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 22:24:25 (EST)

Great website Robin! I am hosting my first Christmas Cookie Exchange this year after stumbling upon your website. People at work were grumbling about the rules, so we're having Chocolate Chip Cookies. It's been interesting to hear people's reactions when they hear that there are rules, but I told them to relax and just have a great time! I'll let you know what happens....maybe we'll even shoot some pictures! Happy holidays to you and yours from the Great Southwest!
Emma Orta <emmaorta@hotmail.com>
Las Cruces, NM USA - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 21:20:28 (EST)

Really great. I hosted one a few years back and it was alot of fun, I am going to do it again this year with all your helpful hint. I also liked the ideas for the games there great to play while waiting for people to come.
Bonnie Ellis
Vulcan, AB Canada - Saturday, November 04, 2000 at 20:48:11 (EST)

Hurray! I was so delighted to come upon your website. It was exactly what I needed to get started on the perfect party for the holidays. I truely appreciate all of your tips and information. Martha Stewart has nothing on you girl! I will be planning my 3rd annual exchange this year and wanted to make it special. Your site certainly has some great ideas and I admit right now that I'm going to use the "rules" in my invite. I think it can only make the festivities fun! Thanks again! Cat in CO.
Christine A. Taylor <72263_1@email.msn.com>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 21:38:05 (EST)

Had my first cookie exchange last year. It was a blast. I followed you suggestions. Everyone is looking forward to it again this year. And I am looking forward to hosting it again!! Any suggestions to make it different from last year? I had a catered light dinner buffet, I had everyone dress in holiday attire and gave out prizes. We didn't have the best cookies- but everyone had fun! Just looking for a different twist. By the way I did mine on a week night and had a great turn out!!! Love to hear from you!
Laurie Silverman <lps1090@aol.com>
Malvern, PA USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 08:52:14 (EST)

Thanks for the information. I want to have a cookie exchange this year but didn't know exactly what should be included.
Kim Burnell <fishead2411@aol.com>
Roanoke, IN USA - Thursday, November 02, 2000 at 11:00:21 (EST)

My daughter and I are having our second cookie exchange this year and I wanted to share a fun project we do at our cookie exchange. We ask people to also bring a candy for decorating and making graham cracker gingerbread houses. They are so easy and I only have to worry about making the icing. You do need to warm up the graham crackers for easy cutting, but it was a hit at our last exchange.
Melisa <Janeway@blomand.net>
TN USA - Wednesday, November 01, 2000 at 11:08:45 (EST)

Wonderful website!
Tara Dugan <duganrollergirl@aol.com>
Milford, CT USA - Monday, October 30, 2000 at 00:47:37 (EST)

This is a great site!! I am so excited to host my first cookie exchange this year-- I'm going to give it a shot-- Thanks for all the suggestions!!
kate lippman
USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 15:57:17 (EST)

Thank you for the helpful ideas. I will use some of these ideas in my cookie swap this year. CSCotton
Connie Cotton <Crashcotton@hotmail.com>
Lusby, Md USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 04:11:56 (EST)

I found your website address in the Holiday Cakes & Cookies issue of Family Circle. Not a magazine that I normally buy, but looked pretty intriguing none the less. As I leafed through the pages, the Cookie Swap section caught my eye. Although I've been involved in cookie exchanges before, your tips on running a swap and sample invitations could certainly be the beginning a new tradition in forming new friendships and maintaining old ones especially during the busy holiday season. I particularly like the idea about "No Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes". It keeps it creative and interesting. Awesome website with great ideas.
Antonina MacDonald
USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 05:57:26 (EDT)

Cannot believe I found a page that is about a cookie exchange. I want to meet and get acquainted with my neighbors and thought this would be a good way to do that as well as exchange holiday cookies and recipies. I will let you know how it turns out. thanks for the ideas and inspiration. sharon mcgahee
sharon mcgahee <nmsm@mindspring.com>
Cartersville, Ga USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 10:31:33 (EDT)

I really enjoyed your site. I am thinking about having a cookie exchange this year but didn't know how to go about it. Your site was very informative. Thanks. I'll be back.
Michele Salcedo <salsa@flash.net>
Fort Worth, TX USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 13:28:59 (EDT)

Hi Robin. I just joined your e mail list. Look forward to future e mails. I have a question. I have a home based business selling over 100 Theme Party supplies on the internet. How did you get started with ListBot and is it expensive? I need to find a way to market my web site that isn't real expensive. I would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks. Colleen Hefner. cfjhef@aol.com
Colleen Hefner <cfjhef@aol.com>
Yuma, AZ USA - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 02:16:10 (EDT)

Thank you so much for this web site! It was a great help to me for organizing a cookie exchange for work!
Seal Beach, CA USA - Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 14:46:55 (EDT)

Christmastyme is a great sight. Love all the recipes!! Keep up the good work!
Stephanie Smith <SSmith@westlibertyschools.com>
West Liberty, IA USA - Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 14:31:15 (EDT)

Loved your site. Currently planning a cookie walk for our church and stopped by to get some ideas. Thanks Suzie Visit my site for a awesome opportunity.
Suzie Mack <express@bpsinet.com>
marion, in USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 19:41:33 (EDT)

loved visiting the site--looking for a cokie exchange! know any going on?
cindy simoes <ryandty2@magpage.com>
new egypt, nj USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 16:22:34 (EDT)

I am enjoying your website. I want to have a Cookie Exchange and was wondering where I could find information. Your site has answered many many questions and given many ideas. Thanks
Gail Lynn Gerhard <ggerhard@mail.kindercare.com>
Portland , OR USA - Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 17:25:45 (EDT)

I love your site! Found many fun holiday ideas, even planning my own exchange for 2000! Thanks for all the holiday spirit!
Kyle Marie O'Malley <KAOM63@aol.com>
Brigantine Beach, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at 19:17:15 (EDT)

Thank you for the wonderful recipes
Mary Cuyler <FTG1MT@aol.com>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Thursday, October 05, 2000 at 20:41:49 (EDT)

I found this site by accident but I plan to return. I really enjoyed your stories and poems.
Hilda Nixon
USA - Tuesday, October 03, 2000 at 20:33:21 (EDT)

I have thoroughly enjoyed your website. I have only hosted on cookie exchange, years ago, while in graduate school. Now I am living on the other side of the coutnry and desperately want to continue this tradition with my new friends. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm sure that I will return to your site as the holidays draw closer.
Leigh Ann Paulsell <lpaulsell@hotmail.com>
Durham, NC USA - Monday, September 25, 2000 at 16:59:15 (EDT)