Wednesday, December 26, 2012
My assignment: Write about your familyís Christmas traditions or about your best Christmas.
My DH and I celebrate Christmas, as does my DD and about half my extended family. The rest of my family follow other faith traditions and I enjoy having that many more holidays to celebrate.
One of our holiday traditions involves having a Christmas tree, but we put it up during Advent and donít wait for Christmas to come as some families do. For a few years when I had a house with a yard, we got live trees we planted after the holidays. Now I get a small cut tree, about 4 feet tall, which I set up on a small side table in my apartment. I love the aroma of the fresh fir. I have many ornaments from my own childhood as well as from when my own children were small. This year I bought a new one to remember our two visits to Sequoia National Park.
Another tradition, probably my favorite, is having lights. I decorate with lights as soon as I feel like I can get away with it. For some reason I find them so cheerful in the evenings as the darkness comes earlier.
I have reinstated some of the Scottish food traditions from my motherís family. We always have oyster stew on Christmas Eve. I always roast a leg of lamb for Christmas (one of only two times a year I eat red meat--Easter is the other). For Christmas morning breakfast, Iíve begun my own tradition of a very rich baked french toast (much like a bread pudding).
Over many years, I spent the weekend following Thanksgiving making Christmas puddings. When my work began to get overwhelming a few years ago, I gave that up, as the stress and time and complication of carrying it out just was not worth it. I still have one pudding left that we may eat for New Yearís Eve. For Christmas this year, I made a simple boysenberry pie. I might revive this tradition after I retire.