With the advent of Christianity and the changes in heating and cooking technologies, the tradition of the Yule Log changed from burning a large log to baking a dessert the resembles a log.
Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar or honey and almond meal (ground almonds), sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract.
From Italy, we have one option that is said to be about 500 years old, Panettone. It is typically, a tall light and fluffy bread made with butter eggs, dried raisins, pieces of orange and lemon or lime juice with a tall paper wrap to help keep its shape.
The holiday season offers us the change to enjoy many traditions. These traditions vary greatly from one culture to another. One of the these traditions, during Advent, is the stollen.