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Kids can make cookies with Mrs. Claus at Barrington Hall
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
December 11, 2013 03:17 PM | 1217 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cookies and kids are a natural pairing all year long, but at the holidays, the connection is even stronger.

Sugar cookies with cheerful decorations become a treasured part of a child’s Christmas experience.

That’s why Cookies with Mrs. Claus at Barrington Hall is always a popular event, with the North Pole’s “First Couple” part of the festivities.

“Children participate in the decorating of cookies, listen to stories from Mrs. Claus and write letters to Santa,” said Bill Browning, Barrington’s special events coordinator.

“My favorite part of the event is watching the faces of the youngest children as Santa arrives to collect those letters.”

Hosted in the demonstration room at Barrington Hall’s carriage house, each 75-minute workshop begins with composing those letters to Santa while batches of just-baked cookies are cooling.

With some assistance from Mrs. Claus and her helpers, kids will decorate the cookies with seasonal icings, colored sugars and other festive décor.

After Santa stops in to pick up the letters, children are given containers to transport their cookies home.

“This event is a lot of fun. I have never seen a child leave disappointed,” Browning said.

Barrington Hall began hosting Cookies with Mrs. Claus in December 2010 for kids age 4 and older.

“This year, our fourth, we’ve expanded to two days, two sessions per day because of the enormous popularity of the event with young children and their parents,” Browning said.

“Because Cookies with Mrs. Claus always sells out at least two weeks in advance, we’ve added another day to accommodate as many parents and children as possible.”

    Workshop dates are Dec. 21 and Dec. 23. There are two sessions each day, 10 a.m. and noon. The cost per child is $10; adult chaperones attend free.

Advance reservations are required at (770) 640-3855. Barrington Hall is at 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.
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