Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Christmas time is definitely my favorite time of the year and Christmas Eve is undoubtedly by favorite day. Growing up, I have such wonderful memories of being in Kansas City with my daddy's side of the family. Grandma would have everyone over to her house and the lights would be twinkling, the fireplace roaring, and a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground. We would laugh, listen to Elvis Presley's Christmas album, make cookies and a birthday cake for Jesus, open presents from family, and end the evening with my Granddad telling the story of Jesus' birth. All of the kids (there were only 4 of us!) would fall asleep in sleeping bags on the ground in front of the fire.
Now, you'd think that Christmas morning would be a child's favorite when we got to open all our gifts from Santa. And yes it was great as my Grandma would make cinnamon rolls and there'd be even more snow on the ground. But Christmas Eve and the warmth of the night is absolutely my favorite.
Since I've been married, and really even since my family became a mixed family, I haven't quite spent a Christmas Eve like the ones growing up (I think that being in Texas and the lack of snow is partly to blame). Every year is wonderful spending time with multiple families, but I know that when Sean and I have our own little babies, I will want to start hosting a Christmas Eve like my Grandma always did.
One thing for sure is that we'll make Sean's Grandma Kwasigroh's delicious Peanut Blossoms. We introduced them to my side of the family this year and it has now become a Christmas staple. Here's the Peanut Butter Blossom recipe from the Hershey's website:
- 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup additional granulated sugar for rolling
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, if desired; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.
Now, with all of this talk about the magic of Christmas Eve, let's not forget that we're really celebrating the birth of our Saviour!! Merry Christmas to all of you loveys and Happy Birthday Jesus!
Romans 15:3 May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.