The third Sunday in Advent is sometimes called Gaudete Sunday, from the latin word for joy. Many churches light a pink candle on the Advent wreath to commemorate the joyous announcement that the angel brought to Mary: that she would bear a child who would be God's Son.
Here's a recipe that is over a thousand years old called "Cookies of Joy". It is attributed to the abbess of a medieval German Benedictine community, and comes to us courtesy of St. Hildegard's Sanctuary in Vancouver at www.sthildegards.com. They make good medicine for all at this time of year.
3/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour (traditionally spelt, but whole wheat is fine)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon clove (or allspice)
Cream butter and sugar well. Beat in egg. Add dry ingredients and mix. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place on baking sheet. Press to flatten if desired. Bake 12-15 minutes in a 350 C oven.
Dosage: maximum 5 daily for adults and 2 for children (this from the original recipe!)