Christmas cookies: You know you love them. You know they go great with a cold glass of milk (or beer). You know you’re probably going to eat way too many of them this holiday season. But there’s also a lot you might not know about Christmas cookies. Here, a few fun facts to read while chowing down.
1. Queen Elizabeth I invented gingerbread men. Thank Queen Elizabeth I for adorable little gingerbread people. While she didn’t actually bake the cookies herself (she was a queen, after all), she did request that her royal bakers create gingerbread cookies shaped like visiting dignitaries in order to honor them.
2. We leave cookies for Santa because of the Great Depression. It wasn’t standard practice to leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus until the 1930s. Historians posit that it was something parents encouraged children to do in order to teach them how to share and be charitable during a time of economic depression. The tradition stuck and Santa’s pants have never fit the same.