Today I welcome contemporary romance author Melissa McClone to talk about a Christmas tradition in her family. Welcome, Melissa!
My family has many holiday traditions ranging from an annual white elephant gift exchange with extended family at a December 24th brunch to opening one present, always pajamas, on Christmas Eve. Today, I’d like to tell you about one that might not sound very exciting—a Christmas dessert buffet—but has evolved over the years and become a treasured tradition.
After my kids were born, one of my brothers-in-law spent Christmases with us. He was born on Christmas so after all the gift opening and yuletide glee, we’d have a special birthday dinner for him and celebrate his special day with an ice cream birthday cake. We started including more sweets—cookies, candy, and cupcakes. When the kids were old enough, we added chocolate fondue to the table. That quickly became a favorite.
Some years, others would stop by to share in our dessert buffet. Other times, it would be just us. But each year, the number of desserts seemed to grow. That meant one thing to the kiddos—Christmas dessert leftovers!
After my brother-in-law moved back east (could it have been nine years ago?), we wondered what to do about the ice cream birthday cake. We had so many desserts as it was, but the kids didn’t know a Christmas without one. Our oldest was eight at the time and our youngest three so we decided to continue the birthday cake tradition with one little change. Instead of an ice cream cake that reads “Happy Birthday Uncle K,” you’ll now find one that says “Happy Birthday Jesus.”
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USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.
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