Christmas truly is a special time of year. A time of preparing, gathering, eating, talking, and celebrating the birth of Christ.
The women in Pete’s family have an annual tradition of baking together for an ENTIRE day! We swap cookies in the end, leaving us with a huge platter of pure Holiday-carb goodness. Except my sugar cookie roll outs with royal icing. FYI whole wheat flour makes cookies taste like paper pulp. I ate MY bark-like, flat cardboard excuses for cookies, although, I would have eaten a real piece of bark with royal icing on it. But, that’s another story.
We, four generations of women, eat a traditional chicken salad brunch with fruit, pasta sides, buns and croissants, veggies and dip, pickles, chips, wine, and juice. We blast Christmas songs, work on our baking skills (or lack there of, see above), foster relationships, rest, work on cards or small projects.
I look forward to many of the repeated offerings: Oreo balls, spritz, krumekake, roll-outs, something no-bake, something with peanut butter, something with mint, something with ginger, and something new. We definitely take our share of taste tests along the way. If any cookies make it to Christmas it is a miracle.
This year I arranged for Rachel Gray photography to capture some of the days events. She was very kind and professional and she got some great shots. See below.
What baking traditions do you have at Christmas?