Yesterday I bit Rudolph. Rudolph was an industrial sugar cookie that pre-baking had been in a package of cookie dough in the grocer’s dairy section. My family is fond of Rudolph; we watched him on TV. My kids daily break into song to re-tell his life story. And yesterday at the elementary school’s ‘Holiday tea’, my daughter, Lauren, chose Rudolph out of dozens of scrumptious, home-baked holiday cookies. No, Lauren didn’t go for taste, she went for the symbol of holiday cheer.Cookies Are Symbols Of Cheer At Wisconsin Holiday Festivals

Yes, we love our holiday icons – our symbols of seasonal glee: evergreens, Santa, candles, snowmen. They get kids giddy with excitement, and make adults tired, but pleased because their kids are so happy. Our holiday symbols say ‘Something wonderful is happening!… Good things are coming.’ Suspense is in the Air!

Somehow, long ago, whipped up butter, sugar, flour, and fruit flavors became the medium of choice for delivering holiday cheer. Maybe the high sugar content did it. Holiday symbols are baked into sweet cookies, passed around, and everyone gets revved up! Everybody that is, except those jaded adults nursing disappointments; they get grumpy. But for the most part, we ignore them. We’re having fun filling up our hearts and stomachs with the holidays.

All over Wisconsin, folks are baking, sharing, and eating holiday cookies. This weekend, the kids and I will go to the Cookie Walk and the Gingerbread House Display in Stoughton, WI. These are part of the town’s Victorian Holiday festival. Parades, shows, tours and a Holiday Feast at the Windsor Palace are also on the festival schedule. To find more holiday festivals in Wisconsin, click on this Events Schedule from Travel Wisconsin

To see the cranberry oatmeal cookies I baked for the holiday, click on ‘Continue reading….’ No, they didn’t have Rudolph on them, but they’re a reasonably healthy snack. Continue reading