Last night we were so busy with Christmas Eve-Eve preparations, we ran out of time to make the St. Lucia's Bread. So after Junie B. went to bed, I made the dough, and left it to rise in the refrigerator overnight. (Step 1 is a real-live, honest to gosh Chef, and she said that would work. She was right, of course!) Early in the morning, Junie B. and I snuck downstairs to punch down the (very easy to handle!) dough and make a braid (it's the first braid Junie B. ever made, too!), and form the wreath. While the wreath was rising, Junie B. and I made the wreath for her head--complete with these really cool flashing battery-operated tea lights!
I love Christmas!!!
While the bread was baking, Junie B. got dressed up in her St. Lucia dress--actually, Step 1's First Communion dress, tied with a red sash made to adorn Step 2"s First Communion dress (when she wore it to a wedding). Since everyone would be coming down to breakfast (last year we ate on Mommy & Daddy's bed), St. Lucia carried a lit candle to draw all to the table.
Having a chef in the family is pure gold, you might as well know it. In addition to St. Lucia's Bread, we also enjoyed the most delicious sausage omelets I've ever eaten. Plus we were entertained with Step 1's Ready-For-Food-Network skills:
(Not a word about the clutter on the counter, do you hear me? It's Christmas!!!) :)
Lots to do today to get ready for tonight's Christmas Eve-Eve dinner, gifts and arrival of Mr. Claus.
But I couldn't wait to tell you how great that bread is...we'll be making it again, I'm sure!
A Merry Christmas to you, and God Bless Us, Every One!