Keep on celebrating — Christmas is not over, friends! For faithful Catholics, the Christmas season begins at midnight on December 24 and continues well into January. Although the rest of the world is winding down their Christmas celebrations, we are just gearing up for ours. Right now we are in the midst of the Christmas octave, the 8 days of celebration following a feast day.
Both during and after the Octave of Christmas, there are number of feasts to commemorate and celebrate. The season of Christmas ends on January 10th, which gives us 17 full days to celebrate the birth of our Lord! Awesome, eh?
- December 26 – St. Stephen (the first martyr)
- December 27 – The Holy Family
- December 28 – Holy Innocents (children murdered by Herod’s soldiers in the effort to destroy the Christ Child)
- January 1 – Holy Mary, Mother of God
- January 3 – The Epiphany of the Lord (visit of the Magi)
- January 10 – The Baptism of the Lord
On Christmas Eve, Steven and I went to Mass at 4pm and then headed over to his parent’s house for dinner. They cook a traditional Italian fish dinner each year. I tried all 8 fish this year and I was very proud of myself for keeping up with the Bacher’s. We brought the salmon, which my dad had caught on a fishing trip to Alaska earlier this year. It was a big hit!
(Christmas Eve Mass)
Then on Christmas morning, we woke up early and I baked Steven monkey bread (which you will hear all about in this post!) before we opened presents just the two of us. Then we headed over to my parent’s house for presents and dinner. We ended the day at home watching our wedding video. We truly enjoyed our first Christmas day together.
Then on the 26th, we celebrated his feast day and on the 27th we celebrated my birthday (I’m 26!) and the feast of the Holy Family. What a blessed first few days of the Christmas season!
Mini Monkey Bread Recipe
Without further ado… the monkey bread! I had added this to my 101 in 1001 list, because it is one of Steven’s favorites and I wanted to learn how to make it for him. I searched for a great recipe and found one that I wanted to try! I knew Christmas morning would be a great time for it to make its debut.
– 1 can of Pillsbury biscuits (I used Southern style but you could probably use any kind)
– 6 tbsp butter, melted
– 2 tbsp corn syrup
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 1 tbsp butter, melted
– 1-2 tbsp milk
– 1/2 tsp vanilla
1. Cut each biscuit into 6 equal pieces. I used a pizza slicer, which made it super easy! In one bowl, combine the melted butter and corn syrup while in another bowl, combine the cinnamon and brown sugar and mix well.
2. Spray your muffin pan with Pam. Dip each piece of biscuit into the butter mixture and then into the sugar mixture and place in the muffin pan. I found that 3 pieces per cup was perfect. Once the pan is full, place in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 min. Cool 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
3. After your breads have finished baking, combine the icing ingredients and mix well. Drizzle on top of the monkey breads. Serve warm.
What do you bake on Christmas morning?