What could be more Christmas-y than a table full of cookies?  Maybe a table full of creches!  To commemorate Christmas 2016, parishioners baked up their most delicious recipes and showed off their family creches, and both occasions showcased what a diverse and tasteful congregation we have here at St. Peter’s.

The creches were put on display on Sunday, December 11… and there sure was plenty of variety.

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One of the creches had a Native American look.

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The creches were made from a wide range of materials.  Two were carved from wood and left unpainted.

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Several of the others were very colorful.

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There were a couple that came in miniature. Well, we suppose that all creches are miniature, really, but some are more miniature than others.

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One came with its own hay bales… a very realistic touch.

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One creche had a plastic lion added to the wooden animals that came with the set.  Because… why not?

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The one drawback of a creche is that no matter how beautiful it may be, you can’t eat it.  That was not the case with the cookies, which were laid out in mouthwatering profusion at the Cookie Exchange on Sunday, December 18.  Like the creches, many of the cookies were colorful.

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Lots of cookies came in exotic shapes.

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There were gingerbread people and sugar cookie people.

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The Cookie Exchange featured a couple of intriguing ball-shaped recipes.

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And to top it off… a tray of seasonal holly leaves and berries.

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The cookies were judged by a panel of experts who took their job very seriously.

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And no one went home unhappy!