As my BIG December giveaway continues on to the end of the month more readers have been sharing their favorite Christmas traditions on the Rafflecopter form. It isn’t fair that I am the only one to see them! Some of the comments left by my awesome visitors I posted a few days back, and they can be read on THIS December 5th post. Here are a bunch more, including a recipe you won’t want to miss! Thanks to everyone who revealed slices of their holiday specialness.
“Make cherry filled bon bon cookies.” ~ Cookies are a popular tradition noted numerous times, but I have to say these sound delicious!
“Spend Christmas morning with the grandchildren.”
“Sing Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve.”
“Opening gifts on Christmas Eve with my family.”
“Go to a candlelight Christmas Eve service at our church. I think my favourite part is when the entire congregation lights their candles and sing Silent Night.” ~ Our church has a wonderful Candlelighting Service on Christmas Eve, so I know precisely what you mean.
“My sister, daughter and I always bake holiday cookies together.”
“Every Christmas Eve we each open a new pair of PJs. It started when I was a baby and never stopped.”
“Pickle ornament hidden on tree with prizes when found.” ~ I love this! Cultural traditions are so interesting.
“Eating pumpkin pie!”
“Hot toddies in front of the Christmas tree.” ~ Ooh! I think I may steal this one!
“Smoked salmon for breakfast.” ~ With cream cheese on a bagel? Oh yeah!
“We wander the countryside and cut down our own fir tree each year.” ~ I did this a few times as a kid. Growing up in the mountains paid off!
“Go to the Holiday Bazaar with my daughter looking for gifts for family and, of course, myself!”
“Putting up the Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.”
“Decorating the Christmas tree with my whole family.”
“Decorate my house with the Nativity Scene and the Christmas tree with my husband and my sons.”
“Playing bingo for toiletries from my Grandma on Christmas Eve – she calls those numbers FAST for 88!!!” ~ I love this! Made me smile
“Sit in the dark with my lit Christmas tree and listen to Christmas music.” ~ Another one I am going to steal. Nothing like the lights of the tree and no others.
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup water
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 375
Line a jelly roll pan (11×16) with parchment paper and grease generously with shortening.
Beat eggs in small bowl on high speed until very thick and lemon colored (about 5 minutes). Pour eggs into a large mixing bowl. Beat in granulated sugar gradually. Beat in water and vanilla on a low speed. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until batter is smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until wooden pick in center comes out clean (about 10 to 12 minute – watch carefully!) Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan and invert onto towel genereously sprinkled with powdered sugar. Carefully remove paper from cake. Trim off any stiff edges if necessary. While cake is hot, carefully roll cake and towel from narrow end and place on cooling rack for at least 30 minutes.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 Tbl siffed powered sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Whip filling ingredients together until light and frothy (about 5 to 7 minutes).
Unroll cake from towel and spread filling onto cake. Loosely re-roll cake starting at narrow end.
Frost with Dark Chocolate Ready to Frost Frosting in a can (Dark Fudge works best). Once frosted drag fork through the frosing to make it look like bark. Sprinkle lightly with powered sugar. Decorate with Silk\Plastic Holly.
(Tip: To prevent frosting from getting on the plate as you frost, cut strips of waxed paper and tuck around the cake, once frosted remove waxed paper strips)
Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all. Thanks so much, Jennifer!