The Great Cookie Swap- A Fairy Tale from the Fabric Maverick
December 17, 2012
Once upon a time in the land of Fabric.com, the elves were busy preparing for Christmas. A grumbling began amongst the elves that there should also be some Christmas cheer in the various departments. The littlest elf listened as the older, wiser elves chatted among themselves. Several days past but the elves continued to grumble. The littlest elf decided to send an email to see if anyone really wanted to have a cookie swap. Many of the elves responded and asked when this event would be held. This was the week that the head elf ran into her sleigh and fractured her foot. So the elf proceeded with the plan. The littlest elf had never done a cookie swap so she checked on the "Rules of the Cookie Swap". Apparently each elf would need to bake 1 dozen cookies for each guest elf. Each elf would make a different cookie so the guests would have a variety of cookies to take home. The number of invitees was twenty. Surely, she scratched her head no one would want twenty dozen cookies to take home. Maybe we can cut this to three cookies each- this would mean that each elf would make 6 dozen cookies. This sounded so much more reasonable to the littlest elf than twenty dozen. The clever little elf went to Evite to prepare her invitation. It was free and oh so much prettier that anything she could create. Her invitation sped through the magic of email to all the elves of the land. She included the time, place and how many cookies to bake along with the rules of the cookie swap.
The littlest elf waited patiently for all the elves to respond. The response was immediate from some of the elves telling her what kind of cookies they would be baking. These were the cookie swap veterans. " Ah this was a good idea" thought the littlest elf, mighty pleased with herself. Then she began hearing some of the other elves mumbling. Six dozen cookies- why that is seventy-two cookies. That's a lot of cookies! Little did they realize how the littlest elf had spared them from making 240 cookies. Another elf was heard mumbling- Can't I just buy some cookies and bring them. Another elf was heard saying that she did not bake, she just ate cookies. The littlest elf found her a recipe that was no bake. And as it will happen two of the male elves baked their cookies one week too early. An so it went on until the littlest elf thought that perhaps this was not such a great idea.
The littlest elf was already committed to the party so she plodded on. She knew that she would need to keep her Sunday free for baking her cookies. She purchased all her supplies the day before. She made her first batch and thought this was not so hard. She began to prepare her second batch and opened her spare bag of flour. Now the littlest elf did not bake very often so the flour had been there several months. When she opened her bag of flour, it was full of strange creatures. "Oh this will not do" said the little elf. She looked out her cottage window and it was pouring down rain. She prepared her sleigh and hurried off in the rain to the nearest store. She quickly bought her flour and returned home. By the time she had baked her last dozen cookies, her kitchen was dusted in flour and the hour was late. She thought maybe I need more than one cookie sheet?
She placed all her party supplies and cookies by the door so she would not forget them for the party day. She carefully checked her list to make sure everything was there. She prepared the table with a festive cloth and displayed her cookies. Each elf placed their beautiful cookies for all to behold. It was a wondrous sight!
We wish you a Merry Chistmas and well baked cookies for all!
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