Christmas can be about many things. It can be about the traditions, experiences, and memories. It can also be about the season of giving, receiving, and festivities. I think Christmas is all these things wrapped into one. That's what makes it such an awesome holiday!

Christmas is about traditions. One tradition my family has is we get new pajamas every Christmas Eve. Another is an orange in our stockings. My in-laws have a tradition of eating German Pancakes for dinner on Christmas Eve. I would be lying if I said I only ate them once a year. They've gotten rave reviews from my kids, church, and husband (who always adds extra butter). So today is your lucky day. I'm going to share this easy breakfast dinner recipe from my mother-in-law:

German Pancakes
This is served with orange sauce. Another addition is powdered sugar.
Serving size 3


6 T butter
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/4 t salt


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place butter in a 9 X 13 glass baking dish. Put the baking dish with butter in the oven. Let the butter melt. Mix ingredients. When the butter is melted pour in mixture. Bake for 10-12 min.

Orange Sauce


1/4 cup sugar
1 T cornstarch
1 cup orange juice
1 T butter
2 t lemon juice


Whisk cornstarch and orange juice together in sauce pan. Add the remaining ingredients. Heat mixture on medium heat stirring occasionally. Once the mixture starts to boil turn off heat. Its ready to serve.

Christmas can be about memories. Most of my childhood we would go to my Nana and Papa's house in southern California. While driving through their quiet neighborhood I could see the small clouds of fog illuminated by the street lamps and I knew we were close. It was only once we got to the cul-de-sac we could see the Christmas lights still on, just for us. It didn't matter if it was two in the morning, once we arrived my Nana would make us hot cocoa and cookies. She would turn on her dancing Holiday toys and twist the music boxes so her home was full of a beautiful chaotic mixture of recorded songs and high pitched melodies. It was magical.
One year we went to California as usual. The day after arriving I was in a back room. The rays of sunny California filtered through the window. My concentration on a craft was interrupted by my Nana's voice from front room, "Lisa's dead? Lisa's dead!". My Aunt Lisa's little family was supposed to join us that day. That was ten years ago today. On December 23rd, in her early thirties, my Aunt had unexpectedly passed away. She left an infant baby girl, two boys, and a husband.

This is how I remember her, so beautiful on her wedding day.

Holding me as a baby.

 On this ten year anniversary I wanted to write about my Aunt Lisa. I have memories of her being silly. I have memories of her talking to me about life. I remember her teaching me about spirituality. I remember her spoiling me. I remember her smile and love. Lisa, especially today I remember you!
Christmas is also about life. It's about living, family, and hope.

May your Christmas be filled with happiness and peace!

1 comment

  1. Christmas is def amazing time to be grateful and I'm grateful for you and family :)