All of the shopping is done, the packages are hidden (my husband and I have a tradition to wrap everything Christmas Eve and put the gifts under the tree after the kiddos are tucked into their beds for the night). The baking is well underway, and the stockings are ready to be hung by the fire (this year, there is a surprise regarding their stockings, but they will find that out on Christmas Eve night)! Now to plan the birthday cake for Jesus for Christmas Eve, and to plan our Christmas Eve dinner. Traditionally we have raviolis with red sauce, bread, salad and a veggie; but this year we have invited two other families (one doesn’t have family anywhere near to spend time with, the other will be traveling the following day for their family Christmas), so I may do something different (that was actually one of the other family’s traditions) that will be less expensive and easier to serve to 15.
We will be attending the Christmas Eve service at our church and possibly helping with childcare on Christmas morning. Then we are driving across town to my dear father in love and step-mother in love’s beautiful home for our Christmas “dinner” (served around 2 pm). This is one of the kids and our favorite things of the whole year. Spending the afternoon and evening at Papa’s house playing and having a good time!
We have one more tradition that will be carried on this year. This is a tradition that was started (from what I’ve been told) by my husband’s grandmother. When my father in love was growing up in the 40s his mother made a special pastry and ice cream parfaits for their Christmas morning breakfast. My father in love grew up with this, my husband grew up with this, and now my children are growing up with this tradition…..and I’m sure that my grandchildren will all enjoy the same tradition.
Here are some recipes!
Christmas Morning Ice Cream Parfaits
enough parfait glasses for your family (you can use sundae dishes for small children)
frozen raspberries that have been thawed completely
cheerios (plain, none of the frosted or flavored ones)
vanilla ice cream
In your parfait glass layer a small amount of cheerios, raspberries, vanilla ice cream, more cheerios, raspberries, ice cream, etc until you reach the top of the glass and ending with ice cream. Top with more raspberries and whipped cream. Serve with a long spoon (if you have them) and a kiss and a smile!
Christmas pastry. Not sure where Great Grandmother ***** (my children’s
great grandmother, dh’s grandmother) originally got this recipe, but it
is in the Better Homes & Gardens NEW COOKBOOK (the red & white
checkered one).Berry Coffee Cake
Cooking Level: Easy(Lori’s
note: I always double this and make two pastries for our family of 6
and then we have leftovers for dessert one night, this is great for
holiday gift giving also)
1 3-ounce package cream cheese (I’ve always used the neufachtel)
1/4 cup butter
2 cups packaged biscuit mix (or you can make your own)
1/4 cup milk
cup raspberry, strawberry, or peach preserves (I have used all kinds of
fruit sweetened preserves for this, they are all delicious)
powdered sugar glaze
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
cream cheese and butter into biscuit mix till crumbly. Add milk; stir
till mixed. On lightly floured surface, knead dough 10-12 strokes. On
waxed paper, roll or pat dough into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle. Invert
onto a greased baking sheet; remove paper. Spread preserves down center
of dough. Make 2-1/2 inch cuts fron long sides toward the center at 1
inch intervals. Fold strips alternately over filling. (an easier method
is to fold the ends towards the center, then the long sides toward the
center, and cut slits (about an inch deep) on each side (about an inch
apart)). Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
Drizzle with podered sugar glaze. Serve warm. Serves 12.
Sugar Glaze: in a bowl stir together 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/4
teaspoon vanilla, and enough milk to make of drizzling consistency (1-2
A special touch that my mother in law does to make
this more festive, is after drizzling the glaze over the coffee cake,
she sprinkles (or lets the kids sprinkle) colored sugar (red and green)
over the glaze.