the baker’s twelve days of christmas (as enjoyed by the appreciative masses)

Women baking in Minnesota, 1942

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my baker gave to me:

Twelve first-class fruitcakes

Eleven Swedish pastries

Ten Bûches de Noël

Nine German stollen

Eight iced kolaches

Seven warm rice puddings

Six gingerbread men

Five Panettone

Four Scotch shortbread

Three French boules

Two Sacher tortes

And one tray of frosted sugar cookies.

Photograph shows members of a Swedish-American church group in Minneapolis, Minnesota; photographer: Jack Delano/Farm Security Administration (1942).  Source: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs (LC-USW3- 001179-D [P&P])

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