Christmas cake revisited

We’re getting ready to go to my in-laws’ for Christmas–we leave tomorrow, as soon as I get off work. The day after Christmas, we’re connecting with Heidi, Mike and little James in Indianapolis and driving to Wisconsin, where we’ll spend three days with my parents and touch in with Mama Kitty and Big Jake. From there, my husband and I hop on a train back to Chicago, where our good friend Tyler and his lovely lady Liz will be at our apartment (we mailed them a key in case you’re curious). And the day after that, we head to South Bend for our annual New Years party!

So if you’re wondering where the heck I am in the days to come, now you know.

The preparations involve:

-Packing for a week, and light enough that we can carry it all back on the train.

-Packing every single outfit I may possibly want to wear . . . which conflicts with the whole concept of ‘packing light.’ I’ll be duking it out with the suitcase tonight.

-Packing up my old camera for bequeathment to Heidi–more about that soon!

-Cleaning the house! We can’t have Tyler and Liz entering a den of filth.

-Trying to rid the hallway once and for all of its weird funk. Help me, Airwick!

Figure out the computer situation so that I can manage to log in remotely to my work computer on a daily basis. Yep, I’m “off” for the week between Christmas and New Years . . . but not quite “off” if you know what I mean.

Presents have already been transported to Indiana, materials to make my annual Christmas cake await in the kitchen of my mother-in-law Sara, and, well, there you have it. Now if you feel the need to send Christmas mojo, good karma, well wishes, or prayers my way, you can locate me . . . in your mind.

Alrighty then! For the rest of what I want to share this morning, check out this link, which will take you to my post last year about Christmas cake. My husband and I don’t have a lot of traditions at this point. We’ve never celebrated Christmas on our own, and have no kiddos. But the one thing that I’ve made a point to do every year is whip up an angel food cake and . . . well, you can read it about it yourself. It’s my favoritest thing. It makes me feel all Christmassy inside.

So! Where are all of you going to be next week? And anyone want to jump on the Christmas cake bandwagon?

16 thoughts on “Christmas cake revisited

  1. Skippymom

    I love [and remember] your cake. Unfortunately my MIL made angel food cake weekly when my husband was growing up [that and banana bread are all she knows how to bake – they’re good, but…] so I am not allowed to have / make angel food cake in our home. I miss it, such a treat.

    I did make a Christmas tree cake for my husband’s work last night. It came out really cute – and it helps that I have a pan in the shape of a Christmas tree. Oh, and did I mention I have mini snowman cake tins too? Yep. That’s what we have been doing. heehee

    Have a wonderful trip. It sounds busy, but oh, so worth it. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Veronica Miller

    I’ma gonna MISS you!!! HAVE A BLAST with your family, girl, that’s pretty exciting you get a whole week off. I have to work right up until Christmas, but then have Christmas day and the next three off, so that will be nice. For some reason, I’ve never had Christmas eve off. That’s just how the cookie crumbles at the post office. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you, I will pray for your safety during all that traveling and will await your return with excitement. 🙂

  3. Tracy

    Looking at your list of things to do reminds me of my list of things to do, and it makes me feel all panicky inside lol. But then I look at your cake and feel all excited, so it’s okay. 🙂 I’m looking forward to lots of fun and food with family and I wish the same for you! Hope you have safe travels and a very merry Christmas!!

  4. Suzie

    I have the same vacation as you only I don’t have to check in remotely. I plan to spend it with friends and just relaxing since this is really my only vacation all year long. I so look forward to it. Throw in a couple of Christmas movies, I’ll read a few books and it’s all good. Sounds like you will be busy but, in a good way. I like the Christmas cake idea and how it originally started, such a good way for kids to understand. I hope you have fun in your travels and visiting everyone, can’t wait to hear about it when you return. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Jenna! 🙂

  5. Jen Beach

    I’m currently in NC with my parents and family.
    I had the Satterthwaite Christmas cake at my Christmas tea party 🙂

  6. Joanne

    Whoa! You are really having a whirlwind Christmas! But it sounds like it will be filled with lots of love and friends and family…and cake. As it should be.

    happy holidays, chica!

  7. Kimby

    Jenna, I left a comment on your “original angel food cake post” — loved the traditions and story behind it! We haven’t done a birthday cake for Jesus recently (just us two “old-er” folks here) but I do have to say it’s a marvelous idea! You also brought back memories with your photos of baby James (Where Santa’s Letters Go post) — my son had similar “cheeks” and wore the same hat — too cute! Feliz Navidad, my friend!


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