[OZTL_NET] CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN": The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

Barbara Braxton barbara.288 at bigpond.com
Thu Dec 8 06:07:49 AEDT 2016


The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

Dandi Daley Mackall

Richard Cowdrey

ZonderKidz, 2015

32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99

9780310747673

It is the Great Depression and Jack is missing his father who has gone West
to work, desperately - even moreso now that he knows he won't be home for
Christmas.  As he walks into the kitchen on Christmas Eve, he smells sweet
bread and licorice but there haven't been cookies in the cookie jar for over
a year.  But tonight his mother has decided to make  traditional Christmas
cookies for the needy at church, although Jack would rather have them for
himself.  The wooden cookie boards with their Nativity moulds are brought
out and as she bakes, his mother tells him the story of Christ's birth
through the shapes, just as was done in medieval times when people were too
poor to go to school to read.

Next day, they take the cookies to church, but to Jack's delight his mother
has saved him the angel one that he liked so much.  But just as he is about
to take a bit, there is a knock on the door....

In the Scwaben region of Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland these
cookie moulds - or springerle moulds - were used to press into biscuit dough
and this story is built on that. While not necessarily a regular custom in
Australian homes, it is common in the US and it is yet another tale
associated with the traditions of Christmas that is worth exploring and
discussing the virtue of selflessness and giving rather than receiving.  It
does have a strong Christian bent although the message of helping others in
need is universal regardless of beliefs. The back flap includes a recipe for
Christmas cookies and while the wooden moulds may be hard to obtain, there
are enough Christmas shapes available to start a new family tradition.

 

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Barbara Braxton

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children's Services) 

Dromkeen Librarian's Award 2003

COOMA NSW 2630

AUSTRALIA

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