When I was in the seventh grade, I remember being required to memorize this poem. I can remember bits and pieces of it still, but I don’t have the whole thing cemented in my mind. The following year, we had to memorize “the Jabberwocky”. Nowadays, I can barely memorize what I need to get from the store. I have to make lists and such.
At the time of this post, it’s actually the night before Yule. So it does feel like I’m preparing for Christmas. By the time this actually posts, I’ll be in Georgia with my family at a cabin celebrating. I didn’t get a chance to go down to see my stepmama. She had to cancel, in part because her sister dying has made celebrating the holidays a challenge, but also there was a COVID scare so it was best to table that trip for another time.
What does everyone do for Christmas food? Is it Thanksgiving 2.0 or do you do something different? I try to remember what kind of meals my mother made when I was younger, but I honestly can’t recall. We made sugar cookies and such, but that’s the only thing that sticks in my mind. This year, I’m finding it hard to motivate myself to bake. Baking is usually my stress reliever, but I don’t really have my own kitchen to do that in.
I live with my in-laws. And I am beyond thankfully they allow us to stay here and save money for our own place. We also help out where/when we can. Which means not always baking a lot of fattening sweets. My FIL tries to avoid too many cookies/cakes, so keeping those out of the house is important. We don’t have anything super fancy prepared, just the typical “Christmas Eve” lineup:
We do a big breakfast on Christmas Day. I think they are planning to do it this year as well since the kiddo’s going to be here just for the morning. She still believes in Santa Claus so she needs to be here for that present. So big breakfast: biscuits, gravy, sausage, bacon, and eggs. Maybe pancakes? Since I will be in Georgia, I’m not entirely sure what we’ll be doing.
Since most restaurants will be closed, we’re going to cook at the cabin. I’ve volunteered to do Filipino chicken adobo and vegetable stir fry one night. I’ll have to take pictures while I’m there. I’ll also share photographs of the Christmas presents I’m giving folks. I haven’t wanted to risk spoiling the surprise, you know?
Thanks for checking in today, guys! I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the holiday.