I love Christmas! I love the entire season! The food, the family, the festivities, and celebrating our Savior’s birth. Today I am going to share some of my favorite Christmas traditions.
First of all, I think it’s important to keep in mind that traditions don’t have to happen every year to make the season meaningful. If you run out of time to make your annual Christmas cookies, that’s okay!
Growing up, my family always opened one present on Christmas Eve, usually after we went to a Christmas Eve service. Some years, we still choose one present to open on Christmas Eve, but we haven’t been consistent. I love Christmas Eve services because it gives me the opportunity to sing all of my favorite Christmas carols.
Christmas morning, we always have our favorite breakfast, Dutch babies (we grew up calling them baby Germans). I’ve also seen them called German pancakes, puff pancakes and hootenannies.
We have Dutch babies for many of our special occasion breakfasts. They have been my birthday breakfast of choice since I was a little girl.
If you have never had them before, they are really simple to make. There are several variations you can find online. Some people like to add fruit to their Dutch babies, and I am curious to try one of those recipes someday. Other people like to add lemon to their pancakes. I just add powdered sugar and maple syrup on top of mine. I still enjoy watching the syrup run off of the powdered sugar when I pour it onto the pancake.
Here’s how we make Dutch Babies:
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter (per pan) in two pie pans
- In blender, mix 4 eggs, then add i cup milk, and 1 cup flour together
- Split between the two pie pans in the oven
- Cook for 9-10 minutes
Serve immediately with powdered sugar and syrup, lemon, or fruit toppings
Kids love watching the pancakes when they come out of the oven because they puff up out of the pan. The trick is that you don’t want to wait too long to eat them, or you will miss out!
What kinds of traditions does your family have for Christmas?