The lovely friend and client, Cathy Kolwey, educated me in an email about the role of the pretzel in Easter. I am not particularly religious, but I found the history fascinating.According to Wikipedia, most agree that the pretzel has a Christian origin, invented by monks. An Italian monk, originally created them as a treat for children who remembered their prayers.Within the Catholic church, pretzels played a symbolic role in Easter."Pretzels made with a simple recipe using only flour and water could be eaten during Lent, when Christians were forbidden to eat eggs, lard, or dairy products such as milk and butter. As time passed, pretzels became associated with both Lent and Easter. Pretzels were hidden on Easter morning just as eggs are hidden today, and are particularly associated with Lent, fasting, and prayers before Easter.The Pretzel has more history in religion than it does as a sidewalk snack.The pretzel studs are simply delicious on the ears.In honor of the pretzel's longevity in our Western culture, the necklace and earrings are on sale this week! Pretzel Necklace is 32% off from $125 to $85 and the Pretzel studs are 30% off from $85 to $67. I'd still rather eat one.
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