“The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood” ― Richard Paul Evans
My annual tradition has always been to bake dozens of Christmas cookies and pass them out to my neighbors and friends. Although it was meaningful in the states, for me it is more significant in Nicaragua for several reasons.
First, there is little competition for the best Christmas cookie recipes. Nicaraguans seldom make cookies and it isn’t a tradition here. Lourdes has been my cookie making buddy for six years. And she has become an excellent baker, learning the intricacies and secrets of the perfect Christmas cookies.
Second, baking Christmas cookies has become a tradition that I can share with my Nicaraguan friends and neighbors. They all look forward to my annual sweet gift. I have an opportunity to share my traditions with other cultures.
Third, the house smells delicious and since December is a cool month in Nicaragua, it is perfect for baking.
Most importantly, baking, decorating, and sharing my love for my cultural heritage unites our diverse community. It gives me an opportunity to give back to those who have so humbly shared their cultural traditions with us.