The holidays is always bittersweet for me. Coming from a large family, Thanksgiving to New Years has become a time of remembrance of family who have passed away. This time of year doesn’t have the same warm fuzzy feelings as it once did. It’s been almost three years since my dad passed away abruptly just days after Christmas. The recent events in Ferguson and NYC have only added more sadness to what I was already carrying. Without getting into too much detail, I too, understand what it means to lose someone and there be no justice or closure. My father died without dignity. And at the end of the day, the lack of investigation because he was killed in an area that has a poor minority population still stings today.
Still, Christmas must go on and I dare not ruin this for my kids. Our tree is decorated, a beautiful wreath adorns our front porch door, and little pieces of chocolate are eagerly consumed each as my kids open the sealed doors to their Advent calendars. But for me, the holiday in its truest meaning is about a small little baby boy born in a humble manger in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago to bring hope to those like me living in a broken society that has never been about fairness. Instead, I move forward clinging to my hope, who is Jesus, that someday there truly will be peace on earth and goodwill towards men.
Recipe Headnote: This Sour Cream Gingerbread Pancakes recipe is subtle but noticeably spiced in a familiar gingerbread flavor. With a hint of molasses, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, these tender homemade fluffy pancakes are a seasonal favorite around our home especially when hosting guests staying with us.
- sour cream
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- ground ginger
- baking soda
- additional tablespoons milk or water, if needed