Well, from all appearances, you folks are still reveling in the magic of Christmas and perhaps approaching 2021 with a little hesitation? Could I possibly be right about that? Only two cookies on this week's hot list* touched on 2021; the rest are still clearly conveying the Christmas spirit with Santas, ornaments, evergreen trees, and other such holiday motifs!
Our Top 10 also boasts three snow-laden 3-D gingerbread houses, thanks to our latest Practice Bakes Perfect challenge, which, BTW, closes tomorrow (January 3) at 5 pm central. Don't delay in posting your entries. Remember, our oh-so-generous sponsor, @Tunde of Tunde's Creations, is giving away three prizes, all of which offer access to her wonderful classes. BTW, those classes recently received national recognition! (Read all about Tunde's honor here.)
Before I reveal this week's honorees, I want to take another moment to commend a certain member of the site, who not only posted for the very first time this week, but also just landed three Spotlight mentions AND our coveted cover spot. Way to go, @Bożena Aleksandrow! I can't wait to see what you post next week!
Now, on to our full lineup of honorees . . .
#1: Christmas Cookie Balls by Dolce Flo
#2: Green Christmas Ornaments by Bożena Aleksandrow [EDITOR'S NOTE: The first of Bożena's three spotlighted cookie sets! So pretty and perfectly laid out for a cover image!]
#3: A Toast to a Brighter 2021! by Julia M. Usher [EDITOR'S NOTE: I never post my own work into the Spotlight, but, this time, I left it in the lineup just because the sentiment in the title seemed well worth repeating! If there's any lingering hesitation about 2021, I say we embrace the new year and make the best of it! ]
#4: La Magia de la Navidad by Maggy morsles
#5: Moroccan-Style Gingerbread House - View #1 by Blyssful Cookies [EDITOR'S NOTE: The first of three ambitious Practice Bakes Perfect entries showcased here!]
#6: 2020 House by Kim Damon [EDITOR'S NOTE: Another charming challenge entry!]
#7: Christmas Set by Bożena Aleksandrow [EDITOR'S NOTE: Bożena does it again with this super set!]
#8: Happy 2021 by Bożena Aleksandrow [EDITOR'S NOTE: And a third hurrah for Bożena!]
#9: Holiday Ornaments by Petra Florean
And, rounding out the list, another delightful challenge entry by our very own January 2021 site artist . . .
#10: Small Gingerbread House by Annelise (Le bois meslé)
Wonderful job, everyone! Again, don't delay in posting your challenge entries. Winners of the random drawing and special entrants will be featured in next week's Spotlight by challenge host @Sweet Prodigy!
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