by Stacy Leicht
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Jeremiah 1:5 ESV
What is more delightful than baking Christmas cookies with your family? Do you use Christmas cookie cutters of all shapes and sizes, or do you prefer a dough-rolled ball or sliced-and-bake cookie? The options are endless.
In the U.S., the tradition of making cookies started in the 1700s when Germans settled in Pennsylvania and brought the unleavened treat. Around the world, many countries enjoy baking cookies to set out the night before Christmas for Santa to enjoy. The tradition of putting out milk and cookies for Santa began in the 1930s during The Great Depression, created by parents trying to instill thankfulness in their children.
The tradition of baking cookies is still common in many countries today. In Sweden, they might bake peppery Pepparkakor cookies. In Germany, they create Lebkuchen, and in Italy, they make Neapolitans. Everyone loves their particular version of this treat.
Last year our family was given a tin of cookies from a neighbor. We were each excited about a different kind of cookie when we exclaimed as it was opened. “Oh, there’s a chocolate chip!” “Gingerbread!” “Fudge!” We laughed, realizing how different our tastes were in Christmas cookies. As I stood eating the chocolate chip cookie, while my brother enjoyed gingerbread and my mother some fudge, it made me appreciate our differences.
Our family is very much like a platter of cookies. We are all basically the same but also different in many ways. Looking back at the tin, I noted that although I liked the chocolate chip, I didn’t dislike the other cookies or find fault in them. Wouldn’t it be lovely if, this Christmas, we could look at one another the same way?
During the holidays, we may have opportunities to be with groups of people we are not with a great deal. Each of us is God’s creation and perfect in his eyes. He created each person intentionally, the way a cookie is purposely made with a recipe. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (ESV).
This Christmas, may we be delighted not just in cookies and presents but with the amazing people God has put in our lives.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Stacy Leicht is an author, a Speak Up Certified Speaker, and a veteran teacher. Stacy currently teaches at UNC-Greensboro in the Elementary Education Department, where she supervises juniors and seniors to be future educators. Stacy published her first children’s book in November 2021 called Good One, God, which won a Golden Scroll Award. Additionally, Stacy is a contributing author of the Radical Abundance Devotional Book, released in October 2022. Stacy’s suspense novel, Dear Teacher, I’m Watching You, will be released in early 2023. Stacy loves baking and reading, but her favorite hobby is walking on the beach. You can reach Stacy at https://stacyleicht.com
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