Santa’s favorite cookie
Children visited with Santa Claus at the library. 
Photo by Matthew Kreta

Santa’s favorite cookie

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon hosted a festive cookie contest and meet and greet Saturday, Dec. 2. 

With its first contest in 2019, the library has been hosting annual cookie contests in December where the public can submit and vote on entries. 

Ribbons and decorations adorned the railings and lamps of the library’s main hall, giving the room a beautiful and cheery glow. 

This year there were about 15 cookie entries, and people could vote on three categories: best adult-made cookie; best child-made cookie; and prettiest cookie. For the two hours in which voting was open, the library saw consistent visitors come in and out to enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate. At the same time as the voting period, the Hotchkiss Library hosted Santa, who had his own gift exchange and meet-and-greet in the library’s children’s section. 

Children enjoyed a chance to talk and sit with him over the two hours before he had to return to his workshop.

As people filed out toward the Town Green for the lighting of the town tree, votes were tallied and the winners were revealed. 

The winner of best adult-made cookie was Candice Hellman with her peppermint meringue cookies, the winner of best child-made cookie was the Atkins family with their chocolate marshmallow bites, and the winner of prettiest cookie was Barbara McCollum. 

To learn about more upcoming events go to www.hotchkisslibraryofsharon.org

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