My mom started it- this family obsession with this delicacy called Christmas bread. It's such an obsession that I can't even consider NOT making it at Christmas time even though I absolutely hate the chore. Because it makes such a huge mess and because my small kitchen just is not up to the task and because let's face it- I'm just not all that proficient in the kitchen, I dread this labor of love every year.
Until this year when I had an absolute stroke of genius (ok so maybe it was the Holy Spirit, but still).
My idea? I would turn this thing that I dread into a fun event with someone I love. Someone who actually likes to bake and someone who has great taste in music and someone who has a double oven.
Korrie Freakin' Harper.
Like I said, genius.
The First Annual Korrie-Candace Christmas Bread Bonanza of 2012 rose higher than any amount of yeast could have carried it.
We soared with laughs and personal trivia on the wings of Ella Fitzgerald's "White Christmas" and Third Day's "O Holy Night."
It was a mess, but it was a glorious, glorious mess ending with 24 beautiful loaves.
Korrie's thought was that the way you feel actually affects the food you prepare. If that's true, then there will be no more angry, stressed, resentful Christmas bread this year- only happy and truly grateful loaves.
So here's to the Bread Bonanza and the celebration of the birth of the Bread of Life!
Merry Christmas bread!