If you were thinking to yourself ‘self, this girl is probably literally high on Christmas spirit right now’, you would NOT be wrong.
That’s ‘Christmas spirit’, y’all, not spirits.
I’m not opposed in theory, but your girl is one unfortunate margarita incident past my drinkin’ days, y’all.
So I’m in my element right now, and I cannot even describe how happy my heart is when I look at the calendar of events in my local area and see all manner of festivals and pageants and open houses.
I’m HERE for it.
As you probably already know if you’re a regular reader, I’m also very much here for anxiously overplanning every single detail, which means I’ve got a tentative schedule of events for the next several weeks, a holiday bucket list of activities to do at home with EV, a monster to-do list, and a working plan for the Christmas menu.
Let’s be honest about that ‘working plan’. I’m the only one in my family with hyperactive anxiety and also a deep and abiding love for churning out to-do lists. Nobody else is gonna bother with planning something when I’ve been obsessing over the list for like ever.
Either to save me the angst or to save them the trouble, but we’re codependent like that so it totally works.
Since I’m already at this point in my full-blown anxious overplanner mode, today’s a good day to talk about traditional Christmas menus.
Or, you know. Not traditional Christmas menus.
Here’s our plan:
Christmas Eve Dinner
Chips and Queso
Bacon and Asparagus Bundles
German Chocolate Butter Cake
Assorted Cookies (our kids will help bake/ruin the kitchen with this one)
Obvs this is specific to our family and local culture, but it really never occurred to me how differently we celebrate Christmas dinner until I was digging around the internets for traditional Christmas menu suggestions.
I feel like such a backwoods hick right now.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, Taste of Home, BBC’s Good Food, and about a million other blogs and websites, the following are considered traditional for Christmas appetizers:
Paté, which I don’t recall ever seeing anyone eat on purpose.
Smoked salmon, which I’ve never personally had a desire to consume before dinnertime, is apparently quite popular at Christmas breakfasts. I’m not entirely opposed but also entirely unconvinced.
And for the main dish, not a single proper food blog mentioned BBQ. Most recommended a traditional turkey or a ham, like this good lookin’ fella:
May I just beg the question… How many people actually want to eat roasted turkey twice in a month? Am I the only one that thinks it’s weird to do the same menu for two big holiday celebrations, back-to-back?
Christmas desserts are different, too.
I’m down with eggnog, y’all, so this one wasn’t news to me.
This one, though?
I might need some convincing.
To be fair, I saw a lot of Christmas cookies and gingerbread-y desserts while trolling the entirety of Pinterest and Google for traditional Christmas recipes, and we’re not too far off the mark there.
Maybe we’re a little traditional, after all.
What about your family? Are you traditional all the way, or do you have your own special family customs that have changed the way you celebrate?
Happy Monday, friends, and HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!
Nope. I’m not gonna get tired of saying that. 😉