Coffee Cake Christmas Tradition

Traditions develop because something is done the same way for a while and so it is a tradition. At our house on Christmas morning, coffee cake is a tradition of now more than 30 years. On the evening of the 24th, the ingredients are measured out and ready for the morning.  When the kids were small, they helped mix the cake and put it in the oven. Only after the cake was in the oven could stockings be opened. (Sometimes that was as early as six in the morning.)  When we had finished taking turns opening stockings with a few oohs and aahs and the winner of the stocking war was declared, the cake was ready to come out of the oven  (A sock war is to determine who gets the most pair of socks for Christmas – another tradition.)

coffee cake

We then each had a piece of coffee cake and then opened the gifts under the tree.  The second round of coffee cake followed. This coffee cake always has maraschino cherries and is made with sour cream and is yummy.  The tradition was modified a few years ago when we had to go from sugar to Splenda.  Our cake this year was as good as it always has been.  The cake is great but all the memories and family time is even better

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