Today is the first celebration of Christmas holidays in Holland...special baked treats are a part of this. The Swedish Santa Lucia festival is on the 14th...the English celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas (December 24 to January 6)...the French make their main feast a Christmas Eve event...Germany introduced the idea of a Christmas Tree...the Scots celebrate New Year's (Hogmanay), and everything old must be swept out, to welcome in the new.
There are so many lovely celebratory events during this season. Special menus, baked treats, decorations, seasonal music are all a part of this.
Enjoy your traditions, whether with family, with friends, or perhaps on your own this season. It's different year-to-year...but the idea of sharing light and festivities is a good idea. Volunteer...adopt a family re gifting...spread cheer. It's about giving back. It's about taking part.
Remembering other festivals, while enjoying what is this year's version, is important.
So, follow the Dutch tradition and enjoy a special "speculaas" cookie! It's Sinterklaas day.
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