Our Christmas morning tradition goes something like this: no presents allowed until Mom and Dad get a cup of coffee. And Dad makes a fire. Only then can we open stockings together.
(Now, of course, all the 20-somethings want their coffee first, too.)
After stockings, we put baby Jesus in the manger.
|the manger has been empty all through Advent while we wait . . .|
Then we put candles on the coffee cake and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. We'll fill our plates with coffee cake, some egg casserole (made ahead and put in the oven as the coffee brews), and maybe some fruit, and pour another cup of coffee. Then we all settle back in front of the fire and the tree to open gifts together.
|this is going in the freezer for Christmas morning|
Happy Birthday Jesus Coffee Cake
1 c butter
2 c sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 c sour cream
3 c unsifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
dash of salt
2/3 to 1 c sugar (1/2 white, 1/2 brown)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 c chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs and the vanilla and cream until fluffy. Add the sour cream, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl. Grease and flour a Bundt pan. Sprinkle with some topping mixture, then batter, then topping for the middle. End with a batter layer. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
Can also make in two loaf pans. Bake for 40 minutes.
Are you wondering where I got these adorable sheep?
They come from Kathy's (of Spot On Cedar Pond) etsy shop. She makes these sheep from clay and wool from her own Jacob sheep. Her sheep are pictured in the photo above.
When my daughter saw these, she said they seemed to be looking up. Well, of course. They want to hear, just like the shepherds, what the angel has to say.
When our children were little, we had another tradition of "catching" each other doing something kind. If one of us caught another, for example, sharing a toy, he or she could put some straw in a "manger" we had. Our kindness toward each other would help to prepare a nice, soft bed for the baby Jesus.
|this little doll, made out of a sock, wasn't originally intended to be a baby Jesus, but is perfect for this manger|
|yes, the proportions are a little off here . . . the cow is kind of small . . .|
What are your some of your Christmas traditions?