Every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my Mom made the Christmas breakfast casserole, my Grandma made the Chex Mix and my Dad made the applesauce bread. It was tradition. We just couldn’t have Christmas without those three things.
My Grandma handed out the Chex Mix in the beginning of December so we’d have it all month to munch on, my Dad started baking bread several weeks before Christmas and my Mom made the casserole on Christmas Eve so all she had to do was pop it in the oven while we were all opening presents Christmas morning.
Christmas morning as we were opening our stockings, my Dad would have sliced on a plate for us a loaf of his applesauce bread. Normally eating food in the fancy living room where the tree was, was forbidden… but this one day of the year we were allowed this special treat! YUM!
After all the presents were open, we headed to the dining room where my Mom served us Christmas Casserole, sliced peaches,warm cinnamon rolls, orange juice and coffee. After our bellies were full we’d retreat to the TV room and relax by the fireplace, play with all our new toys and nap. By about 3pm our tummies started rumbling again and it was time to snack on more bread and Chex Mix!
And now, I’m in Germany with my own family making this bread for them and my friends. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!
What meal time/baking traditions does your family have?