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Radiology Department’s Cookie-Themed Christmas Tree Awarded Second Place in Competition

Post Date: January 18, 2024
Radiology Department’s Cookie-Themed Christmas Tree Awarded Second Place in Competition

Last year, the Radiology team tree decorating committee, composed of Anita Robbins (ultrasound), Chelsea Franklin (X-ray), and Rachael Garrison (X-ray), were tasked with decorating a tree with the theme “ONE” in it for the Liberty Christmas tree decorating competition. After careful thought and consideration, the Radiology department decided on Christmas Confections: A Cookie Onederland. Baking is a widely known tradition among many families during the holiday season, and remembering loved ones near and far was in the forefront when it came to deciding on a theme and decorations.  

Typically, the committee focuses on beauty, but this year they looked into their past and thought of their holiday memories: Children eagerly helping in the kitchen to bake goods for loved ones. Grandmothers passing down recipes that have been in the family for decades. And most importantly, being together as a team and giving help to those in need to keep the spirit bright. 

What made this tree stand out from the rest was that the ornaments were hand made by adults and children, just like the tradition of holiday baking, and when the judging took place and awards were received, the Radiology tree received second place!

Pictured below is the awarded Radiology tree along with the children that helped with the decorations.

Robbins tackled the ribbon, created salt dough cookie ornaments that looked “too good to eat,” and even hand drew kitchen mixers. 

Franklin along with her girls (Riley, Peyton, and Ella) created many ornaments from air-dry clay resembling all the popular cookies and baked goods during the season, such as peanut butter blossoms, gingerbread men, snowmen, and trees. They also turned old-fashioned handwritten Christmas recipe cards into ornaments. 

Garrison used her embroidery skills to create soft cookie ornaments to enhance the tree. The final addition was the handmade tree topper. It was a clay gingerbread house that was a team bonding experience for the X-ray crew as they worked together to create a masterpiece.

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About the author: Chelsea Franklin

Chelsea Franklin she works in the Radiography/Fluoroscopy Division of our Radiology Department since 2017. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, going four wheeling, and very competitive at board/card games. Graduating from Sinclair College (Dayton, Ohio) in the Spring of 2013, her dream job has always been to work at Cincinnati Children’s!

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About the editor: Glenn Miñano

Glenn Miñano is a media specialist in the Department of Radiology, providing graphic design, photography, printing, video services, and administration of the department’s online properties. His works have been published in several medical articles, such as the American Journal of Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound. He has been providing these services to the Radiology Department since 1996.

About the editor: Meredith Towbin

Meredith Towbin is a freelance copy editor and writer. She has copyedited the Department of Radiology’s blog since it launched. She also works as a copy editor for the home improvement website BobVila.com. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost as well as other writing sites.