Around here we are missing one of biggest annual traditions of the holiday season right now: Snow. It is nowhere to be found; in fact, we just came in from outside and our son was swinging on a trapeze bar and chasing the dog around in a spring coat. That doesn't feel very Christmas-y.
So what's a family to do when Christmas feels like it is missing a major ingredient? We reached for another tradition that goes back at least to my Grandmother (and probably further). This year, the tradition was continued by our daughter: baking a Yule Log (or Buche De Noel).
Every year that I can remember, going back as far as memories go, there was a Yule Log to be eaten over the holidays. When I was very young, my grandmother was our family's chief baker. Later on, my mom would whip one up (or so I imagined - they are actually insanely complicated to make). But sadly, the Yule Log tradition had fallen by the wayside. I didn't realize how much I missed it.
Till last week...
Our 11 year old daughter has fallen in love with baking in the last few months and has looked for every opportunity to try something new. She got really excited about trying to bake a Yule Log this year. She got to follow all of her mom's creativity burst steps - first of which was to visit Pinterest and chase down a recipe.
She chose this one:
Buche De Noel Recipe from Meaningful Mama
It is adapted from a Real Simple recipe and she adapted it further to include Gay Lea Sour Cream and we will top it with Gay Lea Real Whipped Cream. In addition to being Gay Lea ambassadors, we also live near a Gay Lea production facility and see where our ingredients come from. We love the idea that our tradition is being fueled by Gay Lea's traditions of local, co-operative ownership and fresh, natural milk.
So tonight we will cut into a delicious, chocolate Yule Log and think about Christmases from years gone by. We hope you have a tradition of your own to savour and get sentimental over. But if you don't, there is no time like right now to start a new one. Who knows, maybe decades down the road your great-grandchild may be continuing it on for you...
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