We have managed to make it to Thursday! Yea!! Just Thursday and Friday and then Santa comes. The excitement is reaching a fevered pitch! We had the opportunity today to start taking cookies and cards around to friends and neighbors. I like this tradition of Christmas – it’s something that we’ve done to one extent or another for many years.
The short one has had lots of questions about traditional Christmas food. What do we normally eat at Christmas and why.
We found this picture in the collection of a Christmas dinner table from years past. The question that came up almost immediately was “What’s the orange thing, mommy? I said that’s a jellied salad.
I can’t remember the last time I was served a jellied salad and don’t have a mould. We had to go visit Grandma to get a recipe and some advice. There’s a jellied salad in my fridge, but the short one announced that it was disgusting and she wasn’t going to eat it. HHmmmm. Where do you stand on the jellied salad??
This lead to other traditional “English” Christmas foods. My mother-in-law makes Christmas cake religiously. She feels my husband likes it.
Why would you want to eat something that happily sits on the counter for months at a time?? Look at all that artificial dye!! Yuck! My mother made Christmas cake every year also until my dad died. I guess he was the only one eating the stuff….are you a fan of Christmas cake?? The short one decided Christmas cake was disgusting!
The subject of Christmas Cake brings us to Christmas pudding.
I like that this one is on fire….again, my mom made Christmas pudding religiously every year. It would clear the table – we called it barf in a bowl. One of the few things my siblings and I can agree on. Do you like it? Does it have a role in your Christmas dinner?
Let’s talk about what we serve with a turkey Christmas dinner. I traditionally serve turkey, stuffing, and gravy and then a selection of veggies and then some Christmas cookies for dessert. Our family is rather varied in dietary requirements. We have one vegan, one vegetarian, and two that can’t have wheat or dairy. As a result, I make two types of stuffing – one in the bird and one in the crock pot. Mashed potatoes are made with goat’s milk. I have a selection of about 6 different veggies and several family member will show up with their own additions. One year, my vegan niece bought a Quinoa pilaf that tasted just like stuffing!
I have to get going on the things that are scheduled for today! Stay tuned for Norad Tracks Santa – currently our favorite website.
It depends on what’s in the jello salad. My religion is famous for green jello with shredded carrots in it. My parents and older siblings love it. I hate it and think that carrots have no business near jello. But, I do love jello salads with fruit in them. My favorite is a strawberry jello with raspberries and bananas.
Strawberry jello with raspberries and bananas sounds wonderful! I’ve always been exposed to lemon-lime jello with pineapple and peaches and then shredded carrots on top. Yuck! I agree – carrots don’t belong with jello.