The most memorable Christmas tradition in my family is waking up early to open presents in order to make it to my great grandfathers in time for breakfast. Although the mornings were early and the drive was long, we never missed a year. Pulling up to his humble home, sitting on his quaint farm, you could smell the bacon wafting from the house while standing on the driveway. The best part of the morning was walking through his squeaky side door, in which you would see the same sight year-after-year : grandpa standing in the kitchen, with his red apron, wearing a smile and flipping French toast. Great grandpa started this tradition well before I was born. My father remembers grandpa cooking Christmas breakfast when he was only a teenager, as seen in the picture above. I always assumed it had been great grandpa that had trained my father on how to make the perfect French toast.
German pancakes, traditionally derived from the German word, Pfannkuchen, have become a household dish for many. The slightly sweetened puff, that falls shortly after being removed from the oven, is simple to make and can cater to many pallets because it can be topped with nearly any topping of your choice. It was traditionally served with vanilla and cinnamon, however many enjoy fruit, syrups, or whipped topping on their German pancake.
My family always served them with lemon wedges and powdered sugar. Sometimes we’d fill it with leftover apple pie filling and whipped cream. Either way, they were always warm and delicious. It’s hard to go wrong with German pancakes. Try this German pancake recipe for a delectable breakfast to serve during the holidays.
One of my most favorite Christmas traditions started out in my childhood neighborhood. There was a sweet lady named Marlene who had been diagnosed with cancer and was given only a few months to live. One of her most favorite things at Christmas time were luminaries. For this particular year, she had purchased bags and candles and asked all of her neighbors on her street to help line the streets with luminaries, which they all agreed to do so. On Christmas Eve that year, she was able to see her whole street glowing with these beautiful candles throughout the night.
Traditions are a big part of the holiday season. We all have those special, or sometimes odd, traditions that remind us of memories of our childhood or put us in the holiday spirit. That’s why, from now until Christmas, we’ll be sharing different holiday traditions from various team members at Gygi, as a way to spread a little holiday cheer.
Our first tradition comes from our Social Media Manager, Rebecca.
There’s nothing better than Christmas morning. Even if you’re not a morning person there is something simply magical about Christmas morning. So why not have a breakfast that matches the splendor of the day? We’ve come up with mouth-watering Christmas breakfast ideas that are simple to make and cater to anyone’s pallet.
Looking for a unique gift that’s highly customizable and borders on ridiculously simple? Then infused sauces and syrups are the way to go. Just start with either a crowd-pleasing chocolate sauce or a basic simple syrup and the sky is the limit! The holiday season is the time for a little extra indulgence, and these two edible gift ideas have it!
Tis the season for gift exchanges, and the most difficult thing to buy each holiday tends to be the dreaded white elephant gift. White elephant gifts can be a huge success or a tragic failure, and to make it worse, it can be just plain difficult because everyone’s personalities and tastes are so different. But never fear! We have come up with a few white elephant gift ideas that are inexpensive, useful, and fun.
Tis the season for twinkly lights, carols, shopping for loved ones, building snowmen, and strolling through the streets while light snow falls. And nothing goes with every winter activity quite like a rich, warm mug of hot chocolate. It’s the quintessential holiday beverage that is enjoyed by adults and children alike and no holiday party would be complete without a signature hot chocolate. That’s why we’ve come up with five different hot chocolate recipes for you to try so you can find the perfect flavor to go with your next cold-weather activity.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and the biggest shopping day of the year is well under way. And while some of us haven’t even started our holiday shopping (guilty!), eventually, all of those gifts are going to need to be wrapped. A thoughtful wrapping job can really elevate the gift giving experience and adds to the anticipation of receiving a gift. And, as with most things, creating a beautifully wrapped gift is all in the details. Here, we’ve come up with five simple gift wrap ideas that make a lasting impression.