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"International Sweet Treats Exchange" to be held December 7, 2018

"International Sweet Treats Exchange" to be held December 7, 2018

This is an announcement by the office of International Affairs below.

 International Sweet Treats Exchange

"May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility."      - Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Modern Christmas cookies can be traced back to Medieval Europe. Spices used in cookies were becoming more available: nutmeg, cinnamon, even black pepper, and dried fruits were added for sweetness. Cookies were expensive back then, which is why they were only made for special occasions, such as Christmas and New Year’s Day.  

By the 16th century, Christmas biscuits had become popular across Europe. Many countries adopted their own version of Christmas cookies, such as “Gingerbread” with cinnamon from Germany, “Pepparkakor” with ginger and black pepper from Sweden, and “Krumkake,” a lemon wafer from Norway.

The New Amsterdam Dutch, who settled in New York, had an annual tradition of passing out New Year’s “koekje,” or “little cake.” That’s when it was a special time to visit neighbors and share these sweet treats. Their Anglo neighbors repeated the word as “cookie,” and an American tradition was born. For many years now, people have been gathering in groups for feasts, making and sharing foods in a celebratory way.

  

Due to this tradition in America, let’s continue the merriment by sharing international sweet treats amongst students and staff! Bring (or bake) traditional cookies from your home country! Let's bring sweetness and light into our Holiday festivities!

In partnership with ELI, Tissa Peiris will briefly explain American Holiday traditions.

This will also be an opportunity to obtain authorized signature by ISSS staff allowing International students to travel during winter break and return to the U.S. for spring semester.

 

Posted by Ana Paula Myrick | Posted November 13, 2018 at 3:28 PM

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800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002

Gallaudet

800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002