I’ve been talking to my Aunt, trying to figure out how Christmas is going to go this year. She’s already been nice enough to invite me to celebrate with them this year, so I’ve decided, not only to take her up on that offer, but to also try to organize the Christmas supper at her place. I asked her first if I could use the space, since I don’t really have more than a six foot by twelve foot room that I’m renting currently. She graciously said yes.

Now, I can’t stop thinking about it. The food I want to prepare, the set-up, clean-up, things I need to buy, to bring, and whatnot. I’m really excited about it. Hopefully, with me trying to take the lead, we will be able to take the pressure off my Aunt to entertain and host, and spread it around a little more.

I’ve already heard from a few people that are invited to come what things they’ll be bringing. Thinking about it now, I don’t know why we didn’t make every Christmas a more pot-luck focused event. It seems like the host always has to get worn out.

Anyways, it looks like it will be a Ham and Turkey Christmas, with stuffing, a broccoli and cheese pastry, garlic mashed potatoes, whole kernel corn, garden salad, mixed veggies, my from scratch baking powder biscuits, some buns, a pickle platter, juice, pop and wine. Sounds like a great feast, and that doesn’t even include any desserts. My aunt has said she’ll do pies, and I’m sure there will be cookies and other goodies floating around too.

Of course, Christmas isn’t about the food, or the gifts, it is about being able to spend time with people, and while I’ve only been here a month, I still wish I could spend more time with my family. (The food and presents are bonuses)

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to try to help organize the Christmas supper, and I hope that my family gets together as often as possible, before and after the holiday season is over.

2 responses to “Christmas”

  1. “Thinking about it now, I don’t know why we didn’t make every Christmas a more pot-luck focused event.” – I laughed when I read this, David, as I have bought the turkey & roasted it & also did stuffing (sometimes some other stuff as well), just about every year since you were a kid and lived here in Ontario and others contributed various veggies, baked goods, drinks & etc (what kid would pay attention to all of that!) . Y es, David, (Virginia!), we do believe in Pot-lucks! But having teased you about that – it is great that you are jumping in to organize, plan & especially contribute to a great FAMILY dinner!! – yummy, baking powder biscuits – Nancy’s favourite too! Just need a little butter and honey.
    Just a gentle little reminder from me to you – don’t forget to organize some helpers (people who don’t contribute stuff, can certainly contribute a big helping hand, right!) to clean-up dishes, garbage, & to group or put away presents & toys. Nancy does ( as well as others like me) like a tidy house.
    And a big thank you for telling me that I make awesome stuffing. Big hugs GS

    • In my adult life, it has always seemed like Nan or Cathie are just run ragged as they host a dinner. And back when I was a kid and coming out to the farm, it was you that was running around crazy trying to make everyone comfortable. I guess perspective is everything.

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