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Quote calliope: When I was growing up, oh those many years ago, we had chili on Christmas Eve. There was usually a houseful of us and aunts and uncles. I was told Santa liked chili with his cookies. Christmas Day was turkey (again) and all the fixings. I pretty much kept that tradition after I was married but since my husband didn't like chili I would make him oyster stew.
My daughter has Christmas now and the tradition has changed, as it should. Her husband is Slovakian and they had the big meal on Christmas Eve. He cooks and makes usually duck or goose. He also makes sauerkraut soup for Christmas Eve. Sounds worse than it is.
I go to her house on Christmas morning to see the kids open gifts. I take artery clogging cheese and sausage English muffins for breakfast, which is pretty much just grazing. We decided long ago to simplify Christmas dinner, it is ham and a hash brown potato bake that I make plus other easy stuff. Everyone is usually tired so we stay away from too much kitchen duty!
Lucy, how sweet of you to cook a meal for another family. That is really the spirit.
I have been thinking about moving our big meal to Christmas eve and doing a simpler meal for Christmas day.It would make more sense because I cook on Christmas eve anyway and I am tired Christmas day sometimes I get grumpy
I am not the best cook
but so many people want to give their families Christmas the way they remember it but are struggling and if I am cooking anyway I just double it or even take some of ours to the people close to me in our community.
I was nervous the first year we did it because I didn't want to embarrass anyone but I had a conversation with a woman who I went to school with. she was going to fix noodles for Christmas because she had flour and a can of broth.She used her grocery money to buy her two daughters a doll so they would have Santa gifts.She was working her husband was very ill with cancer and she also had her mother in law living at home with her who was having health problems.I could see the sadness and stress.I thought my God, I throw most of my Christmas dinner away!She lives around the corner from me this could be me.On Christmas I called her when I pulled in her drive and ask her to come out for a minute she cried and when she was taking it in her husband came out in the drive and asked if he could hug me.I know he didn't feel like walking out to the drive.It was so special.I still cry when I remember how sweet and simple it was to do that.
It seems so easy now to find someone who would like a meal at Christmas.Lots of times I tell them the truth we will have more than we need please take some.
Oh, Lucy, I cried reading that! It's truly so easy to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
There are homeless guys that hang around the truck stop where DH parks for the night in Texas. He goes every Thursday. Before he leaves I always pack sandwiches and brownies or cookies for them. Whatever I have baked that week. They are so grateful when they see him pull up.
When he goes Christmas week, I'm going to bake a turkey and brownies. They love my peanut butter brownies!
Have you seen the Kohl's commercial? The one where the young couple decorate the elderly ladies apartment as a Christmas surprise. I cry my eyes out every time I see it. It's so sweet!
Making sandwiches and cookies for homeless people is a great idea.My older children go to a city close to use with a group and talk sandwiches cookies toiletries and socks to pass out.The first year they took white and black socks but one homeless man asked if he could have a black pair because they looked less dirty longer.So now they pass out only black socks.
I didn't know they made chastity belts for any thing LOL are you teasing me?I will have to look that up.
I hope you have s great week.