By Tasha Stewart
A holly, jolly time was had December 9 as ladies across Knox County gathered at Kristy Dean Cole’s house for her annual Christmas cookie party.
Those in attendance feasted on an array of treats, answered Christmas trivia and enjoyed each other’s company while the snow fell outside.
“People just don’t go out and mingle with their family and friends anymore like they used to,” said event goer Claudetta Warnock, who was happy to get out of the house and enjoy the festivities.
Perhaps the highlight of the night was the crowing of the 2017 Cookie Queen. Viola Cole was crowned Cookie Queen for her Christmas Cake Truffles and Peanut Butter Cookies. Claudetta Warnock was the runner-up with her Pecan Pie Bars and Dianne Musgrave secured third place with her Hello Dolly Bars.
Two games were also played at the party. During the Trimming the Tree game, teams of two raced to wrap one person in streamer to look like a tree, complete with a bow on top. In the second game, Pantyhose Reindeer, one person blew up red balloons while a second stuffed a pair of pantyhose with the balloons to represent reindeer antlers.
By the end of the night, just as the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes, the ladies left with their own hearts full of merry Christmas spirit.