The Christmas Pig!

The past few years, my mom has been giving my brother in law, Brendan, a Marzipan Pig for Christmas as a stocking stuffer.

I believe this has something to do with a holiday family tradition originating in Denmark?  Perhaps I should have paid closer attention at the time, but I was too busy opening my own stocking...  (Brendan, please feel free to chime in.  MTGG?)

I have since Googled this marzipan pig tradition and found out the following, which may or may not be accurate:

"A marzipan pig is a confection made of marzipan, a paste of almonds and sugar, and formed into the shape of a small pig. In Germany, Norway and Denmark, the gift of a marzipan pig at Christmas and New Year's symbolizes good luck and fortune in the year to come. Marzipan pigs are sometimes presented with four-leaf clovers, coins or other symbols of good luck in their mouths."

Read more: What is a Marzipan Pig? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5091135_marzipan-pig.html#ixzz17gSju2Fr

There is also another website that mentions a game for the children on Christmas Eve where a whole almond is hidden in the rice pudding.  Whoever finds the almond, recieves an almond treat, such as the marzipan pig.  This one sounds somewhat familiar.

So, when I was rummaging through Vale's cookie cutters, and discovered a pig shaped cookie cutter, I was inspired to make a Christmas Pig Sugar Cookie!  Why not?!

Aren't they cute?

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I think the wreath was the perfect touch.

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Mark, my future brother-in-law, was buying some special chocolates for Oscar's advent calendar at Teuscher (really fancy Switzerland chocolate) and he surprised me with a chocolate pig in milk and dark chocolate.  Embrace the Christmas Pig, people.  He does exist!

piggy chocolates

When Vicki, Vale, Oscar and I made a Gingerbread House, it was suddenly perfectly appropriate to adorn one of Oscar's toy pigs with a red bow and stick him in the royal icing "snow".

gingerbread house with xmas pig

PS - Isn't our gingerbread house pretttttty?

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Oh, and because I couldn't discuss PIGS without thinking about my little fart-bucket.... and it's just too easy to NOT to... here's Georgia after a little boboshop magic.

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