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Good Question: Why do people buy so many baked goods at Christmas?

While retail stores are extra busy this time of year with shoppers looking for the perfect gift, there is one place you are sure to find the holiday rush in high gear, bakeries.

Good Question: Why do people buy so many baked goods at Christmas?

At Brown's Bakery on West Main Street there isn't a team of elves helping with the holiday rush, instead James Brown, his wife and three children are busy filling orders of goodies like sugar cookies.

"We did 25 dozen yesterday afternoon and by mid afternoon this morning we were sold out, said James Brown, owner.

Brown opened his business four years ago and each year he knows Christmas will be busy.

There is always one item people ask for, gingerbread.

"One of the questions we always ask customers and think its fun is how do you eat your gingerbread? I swear, I think when most people eat them, they bite the head off first," said Brown.

We wanted to know the history behind some of those sugary favorites.

Gingerbread actually means preserved ginger.

Its been around since medieval times when it was a fair favorite and the Grimm Brothers made it popular with Hansel and Gretel.

Sugar cookies are also known as Nazareth cookies or Jumbles and have been around centuries.

In 2001, the sugar cookie became the Pennsylvania state cookie.

And then there's a Swiss or Jelly Roll, also known as a yule log.

This treat has been eaten for centuries, but there's really no jelly in them at all.

When it comes to sweets, James Brown is on top of it, he says he doesn't know why people love what they love, he just knows they have got to have them.

I think a lot of people are getting away from getting gifts, trying to give people things that are personal. Baked items, that type of stuff that we used to do back in the day," said Brown.


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