For several years now on Christmas Eve, we’ve had Christmas Eve dinner at our home. My parents and my husband’s parents come over for a wonderful meal. We’ll have dinner in the dinning room, with a fire in the front room and maybe some soft Christmas music on, but really it’s about celebrating the birth of Christ and being with family or friends that we love and care about.
I don’t know why, but, I get so excited about this meal. I think it’s for a few reasons, but, mainly it’s because my husband and I are both fortunate enough to have all of our parents here with us still. I also know we are blessed that they get along really well. We have our parents over quit a bit throughout the year for dinner or BBQ but this is just such a special time of year I really, really, want it to go well.
This year when I was planning what we would have I tried to remember all of those meals we have had previously, and I just can’t remember them all. I really try hard not to duplicate at least the main dish. This year I’ve decided on roasted Chicken with Rosemary and Thyme, and I thought I’d throw in some large sliced onions and mushrooms. For the sides I’ve decided on creamed corn, green beans with sauteed tomatoes, and maybe glazed carrots. There’s always a salad of some sort, homemade dinner rolls and dessert is a MUST (both of our Dads have huge sweet tooth’s).
I really became frustrated when I was thinking about all of this…I thought why didn’t I start a food journal? That would have made this a lot easier. Then I got to thinking even more “maybe if I pull out the photo albums I might be able to figure out what I served”. Um, NO that didn’t work. Then I asked my Mom if she could remember everything we’ve had? No such luck with that either. I guess if I can’t remember it then hopefully no one else would remember it either, so I’m probably safe. Not that they would care anyway, I just think it’s fun to try something different every year.
So the moral of this short story is: If you’re starting a new tradition you might want to keep track of it from year to year (it would work good for someone like me – I have a thing for needing organization in my life) ha ha~bam