Hopefully this won't be the end of a tradition. The person who started this holiday cookie exchange years ago is leaving Tokyo and relocating to Portland, Oregon. At first, there was a possibility that she would be moving to Tucson, Arizona, which made me decide to make iced saguaro cactus and red hot chili pepper cookies. Even after I found out she wasn't moving to the desert, I went ahead and made them anyway. Hey, when am I ever going to use those cookie cutters again? It was a fun event as usual, and the ladies outdid themselves this year. Here's just a sampling. Photos by Kelly and Jill.