The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
I love Elf I’m sitting here watching it right now. Snuggled in with the Christmas tree glowing. I literally want to sing with Christmas joy….I love you…I love you….I love yooooouuuu! I have a big family, and I mean big. The holidays have always been a special time. A moment when we can all hit the Pause button and gather together. Fond memories spent on my grandparents lake, nuzzled in the house with the smell of homemade cookies in the air. Hugs everywhere after not seeing each other for nearly a year. Card games. Laughter. Fun. Giving. Wine and beer flowing. Reminiscing. Reconnecting. Catching up. Snow falling as we make the way home early in the hours of the morning, after a night of family fun. Barely sleeping before waking up to celebrate with my immediate family. Making hot chocolate while they still slept. Ready to go when we all wake up. Sitting down at the table together for breakfast together. Showering, setting out all our presents to look and wonder over. Then we walk over the holler to my other grandparents for a Christmas Day feast and more FUN. Finish with a movie together and Christmas always seemed like a magical time to me. Granted as I’ve grown, so have the traditions. The additions of the next generation (my nephews), make the Holidays seem even more special.
I also believe holidays make the food connection stronger. I think part of the reason I like to cook is the link to my traditions growing up, but also I believe food is a way to connect people. To connect us to our past and where we come from. Food like music, is a memory trigger. We create memory moments when we have these traditions today. We can also create our own traditions, or evolve our traditions. I enjoy the challenge of taking these traditions and bringing them up-to-date or paleofying them. So the next couple of weeks I will tackle Christmas, just like I did Thanksgiving. Let’s get ready for Delishmas! Here is some of what I have planned.
Stuffed Pork Loin
Bacon Sweet Potato Bites
Churros and Chocolate Dip
Brownie Trees and Santa Hats
Hot Chocolate Spoons
Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cake