Christmas Eve. The CHANEY SISTER’S BAKE-OFF. Our Christmas tradition when I was growing up was to spend Christmas Eve at one of my mother’s sister’s homes or they might all come to our house. This was about 25 people crammed into a single family dwelling. Food was in abundance. Usually a Ham with rice and gravy, mashed potatoes, Mac and cheese, salads, vegetables, home baked breads and deserts. All sisters contributed something and a few in the family loved baking. Fruit cake, pound cake, Japanese fruit cake, orange cake and three “special” cakes my Mom’s six layer chocolate cake and a peach cake made with dried peaches rehydrated in sugar and water. The peaches were between each layer of the cake and a vanilla frosting covered the cake with more peaches on top. Yumm. My Aunt Juanita also made this cake and lots of candies but her specialty was banana cake. This was a white cake with bananas (pulverized with the tines of a fork) between each layer and also mixed in with the frosting. Yumm. There was never a clear winner but all left happy and ready to sleep until Santa came down the chimney. Merry Christmas and the very Happiest of Holidays.