We have never been the night-time, dress up in velvet, candlelit formal holiday dinner types. I see the articles in Food & Wine and Bon Appetit with all the shimmery decorations, formal china and crystal, fancy dresses and coats and ties and it looks great. I love an elegant event as much as, maybe even more than most people. But, holidays in the Webber-Wilson-Akre-Ballard clan have always been pretty casual, homey, pot-lucky and what I consider to be "normal." We make a plan: who's making a turkey, who's bringing ham, how about Uncle John's smoked corned beef this time? Aunt Jennie is always asked to make her dressing & sweet potatoes. I've probably told y'all before that without her sweet potatoes for at least one of the holiday dinners, the Earth will fall off its axis. My sister and I are usually the ones who will throw in a new experiment or some hors d'oeuvres. We all pitch in, plan on eating a mid to late lunch, drink wine. You know.
So, Christmas is upon us and I'm thinking about Christmas Eve in particular. At Thanksgiving, I said to my Dad, "What about doing a beef tenderloin on Christmas Eve after church and having the traditional stuff for lunch on Christmas Day?" We both agreed this would be a great plan. I think I suggest the tenderloin every year; it usually happens about every 7 years. What usually ends up happening is what will happen this year too. We all gravitate back to "pick up food." Not take-out, but hors d'oeuvres, snacks, casual dishes like gumbo, antipasto. Sounds great to me: I could live off finger food. Remember how Rachel served her kids their meals in Mermaids?
|Ok, that does it...I want fondue NOW!|
So, as is pretty typical for us, we'll have a yummy, casual Christmas Eve grazing. Katherine is bringing a ham, we'll make Aunt Jennie's sweet potatoes, maybe a broccoli casserole, so Christmas Day will be pretty traditional. OUR Traditional anyway. And that's ok!