3rd Annual Children’s Christmas Cookie Event

Children’s Christmas Cookie Event

For three years Upachaya has been hosting a fun event for the children in the barrio.  We invite the children from the barrio over to decorate Christmas cookies.  We provide them a dozen cookies, and they proceed to eat as many of the decorations as they put on the cookies.  By the time they leave, I think most of them are in a sugar coma.

Yes, I know it isn’t the healthiest thing to do for children, but then again you need to understand that most of these children from the barrio live in homes without stoves, much less ovens.  So there is no opportunity for them to bake cookies in their own homes.

Patiently anticipating the fun.

Patiently anticipating the fun.

Word of mouth is evidently spreading as this year we hosted 24 children for this event.  It continues to grow in size, and I’ve recognized some of the same children over the past 3 years which makes it fun and special for me as well.

Here the children are anxiously awaiting the fun to begin.  A huge thank you goes out to a few of the Mother’s that come to assist as well as a good friend of mine, Judy Brownfield.

Having fun decorating the cookies.

Having fun decorating the cookies.

This year I baked 30 dozen cookies in preparation for the event.  As mentioned we ended up using 24 dozen for the children.  Raisens, skittles, non-parieils, marshmallows, and colored frostings were all provided to the children to allow their creativity to shine through with their decorations.

I think as many decorations ended up in the mouths of the little ones as did on their cookies.  It didn’t take long and we ran out of all the goodies.  But, it didn’t deter the children as they had plenty of frosting to finish off their masterpieces.

Deni helping his little sister.

Deni helping his little sister.

Deni here is such a nice young boy. I’ve known Deni and watched him grow over the past 5 years and this day he brought his little sister to help with decorating cookies. Such a great kid. The little one in the green was a delight to watch.  She used her spoon to scoop the frosting off the cookies and lick it off the spoon.  So cute!

The smiles on the faces of these children makes all the effort of baking 30 dozen cookies melt away quickly.  You can see the creativity these children put into their cookies, and it is obvious they were having a great time.

Love! these kids and their smiles.

Love! these kids and their smiles.

All the children were also provided milk throughout the morning to go along with a cookie or two they just happened to eat along the way.  It was fun watching the children as they ate their perfections as well.  One young boy simply decorated his cookies, then put two of them together and made himself a cookie sandwich.

This year was particularly rewarding for me.  A few of these children have come all three years of hosting this event.  This year at the end of the morning, a few of them came to me afterward and gave me hugs wishing me Feliz Navidad.  I can’t tell you what that meant to me.

Beautiful little girl decorating her cookies.

Beautiful little girl decorating her cookies.

Santa's Helper - Judy Brownfield

Santa’s Helper – Judy Brownfield

Huge thanks goes to my dear friend Judy Brownfield for assisting with this event.  She was a great Santa’s Helper in spite of her broken antlers!

I think she too enjoyed this as much as me and the children.

 

3rd Annual Cookie Decorating event

3rd Annual Cookie Decorating event

This truly is one of the things I enjoy most about living on this island.  It really takes so little to give back to the community, and yet the rewards of doing so are exponential in what you receive in return.

I thank the Universe for my opportunity to be in this space at this time doing what I’m doing, interacting with so many people, and just enjoying life immensely.

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