by Jnana Hodson
Sometime each winter, our Christmas gingerbread cookies move outdoors. Some, such as those that had been on the Christmas tree or hanging from indoor windows, are decorated with icing, while others, like these, remain unadorned.
Either way, the hearts, giant snowflakes, and stars make a striking appearance while suspended from stark branches.
But it doesn’t last long. If they’re lucky, the birds will beat the squirrels to these tasty treats. The squirrels, meanwhile, go through an annual ritual of trying to eat the cookies where they hang — a comic round as the sweets keep moving away from the marauders — before realizing it’s much simpler just to gnaw off the ribbons and then run off with the booty. Of course, the sight of a squirrel leaping from tree to tree while carrying a cookie a third of its size produces its own laughter, on our end.