An illustration of Santa Claus carrying a sack full of toys by the fireplace and Christmas tree.
Santa Claus carrying a sack full of toys for all the good little girls and boys

Christmas, more than any other time of year, is when we celebrate traditions, and so many of our favorite traditions are about food. From the old-fashioned ribbon candy that delighted grandpa when he was a boy to buttery loaves of stollen dusted with powdered sugar, real chocolate-covered sugarplums, and fruitcake, filled with candied fruit and nuts—it’s these treats, made the same way generation after generation, that help us celebrate the present by honoring the past.

Of course, these foods are more beloved because they’re made just for the holidays. Only at Christmas do those dog-eared recipes appear—and soon after, the kitchen fills with enticing aromas of freshly ground nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla. And while baking your own is very satisfying, we offer an abundance of fresh-made holiday treats from around the world. They provide an easy way to send holiday cheer to loved ones, rediscover a tradition from your past, or bring a new one to your holiday table.

We’d love to hear about the food traditions you share with your family during the holidays. Who knows, your family’s special treat just might appear in our catalog next year!

Merry Christmas!

Gardner, Cabot, Eliot & Lyman Orton
Proprietors of The Vermont Country Store