A Taste Of Christmas

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭

Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year…for several reasons!  We celebrate the greatest gift to mankind, the gift of God’s son, Jesus!  He is the gift of love, hope, and life eternal all wrapped up in the form of a tiny baby born in Bethlehem!

As we gather together to celebrate the birth of our Savior, our traditions may vary, but there is one thing that we all have in common as we share this time of year with family and friends: the food on the table!  I can’t imagine Christmas without hours spent in the kitchen lovingly preparing food for those I love!  In the South, food equals love!  Last week I spent sweet time preparing many of my Mother’s recipes for “goodies”, and as Christmas music played, memories that centered around food flooded my mind!   Hot Chocolate Bar  Fixings…dark and milk chocolate spoons, semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate morsels, crushed peppermint…
 …hand-crafted peppermint marshmallows…  …and sweetened whipped cream!  Our Nespresso Pixie Machine makes a great espresso!    Perfect for a cold Saturday!  An array of calories, but it is Christmas, right?  Cranberry and apple cider punch!  Who doesn’t love fudge – so decadent!  Ghiradelli peppermint bark…a guilty pleasure!  I love macarons and even took a cooking class to learn how to make them!  However, these are from Laduree, the famous Parisian pastry shop that opened in NYC!  Bliss overload!!    Cupcakes with buttercream frosting from Cothran’s, our excellent local bakery!    Still one of my all-time favorites…Orange Coconut Balls!  A tiered tray of divinity that is one of Butch’s favorites -and a favorite of mine, Martha Washington candy, made by my special friend, Kathy!  Christmas tree shortbread cookies!    My family’s favorite cake…Red Velvet!   Every Christmas my Mother made Fruit Cake, I mean fabulous fruit cake (no joking about hers)!  I continue the tradition using her recipe!

What about you, do you have favorite sweet treats that bring back Christmas memories?

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  1. Alice says:

    Anise cookies, ginger snaps, bourbon balls, and a steamed Christmas pudding. I make JESUS a birthday cake each year also and each year it’s a different cake. Last year it was a Lane cake and this year it will be a spice cake with Carmel icing. Got to go and pack bags for my friends and neighbors. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • Wow, Alice all of your sweets sound fabulous! Thank you for sharing them! I love the birthday cake for Jesus! I always did that when our son was small, but that is a great tradition to start again! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Kim says:

    I did the same thing last week. After a family gathering over the weekend, I’ll be at it again this week. I’m not complaining at all! 🙂 Merry Christmas baking, Pam!

  3. This all looks so wonderfully delicious and such a beautiful presentation..and Laduree is in NYC?…oh my!..and must say that I love Red Velvet too…you certainly have been busy and your mother’s fruit cake does look amazing…We have a company here in NC called Southern Supreme and their fruitcake is amazing too!….

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