|For generations people have shared the enjoyment of the holidays with cookies! The tradition has its roots in Old World Europe. St. Nicholas Day commemorates a man who lived in the 3rd century. His Image has evolved through cultures and is often coupled with Christmas as most Americans know it today.
In reality St. Nicholas was a Bishop with a reputation for his kind soul. He was known for his charitable nature and good will towards children. December 6th became known as St. Nicholas Day to honor his life.
Traditions evolved. Children would leave their boots outside the door on St. Nicholas Eve in hopes they would be filled with goodies such as Pfeffernusse. Cookies such as Spekulatius are even made in honor of the Bishop and shared with friends and family.
Over time the story of St. Nicholas became entwined with the celebration of Christmas. His Image became associated with that of Santa Claus. Even though much of the original story has been absorbed into modern Christmas culture the tradition of holiday season cookies has stood the test of time.
For these hectic times where the giving of gifts has become more of a chore than a joy; a gift of traditional European cookies will invoke the spirit of Christmas Past.
Make the connection between then and now with Old World Cookies from Reinwald's Bakery.