On the fifth of December we celebrate our own kind of Santa Claus-party here in the Netherlands; We call him 'Sinterklaas' after a bishop I believe from Turkey, and took it with us to America, where he became know as 'Santa Claus', and became much fatter too
But we still have our Sinterklaas, and with the season comes cookies and candy and all kinds of nommy goodness, amongst which cookies with a special spice-mix called 'speculaas'. Seriously, it's in everything these days!
And, seasonal as I am sometimes, I baked a speculaas-cookie (the size of a bakingtray) filled with almond-sugar filling, we call 'amandelspijs'. It's kinda like marzipan, but not entirely, about half sugar half almond. This also is a tradition in the Netherlands; filling things up with this almond-stuff, also around christmas in breads (which I plan on making soon) and around easter.
Ok, class dismissed XD