‘Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful’. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
I cannot believe that Christmas is literally right around the corner. I ❤ Christmas – Don’t you? It’s such a wonderful time of the year, celebrating Jesus birth.
To me, Christmas is a day of full of magic and wonder, a time when hope rises and peace falls and where miracles begin to feel commonplace. Where we can treasure magic moments of joyous reunions and fierce embraces and boisterous laughter and crowded tables, all accompanied by waves upon waves of gratitude.
This year we will be hosting Christmas at our home. My aunt Sammy (mum’s sister) and her family are here from (down under) Australia. My aunt is undoubtedly a ray of sunshine and a magnet for energy and happiness. ( I ❤ you Aunt, Yep I do) To keep up with the joyous mood we are creating homemade place settings to welcome our guests. We are even breaking with convention and trying out new recipes. But, unfortunately only classic dishes goes down with my family on Christmas day.
If there was a fatal accident I would want to be in, it would definitely be a food coma. I guess everyone would like that!😉 Of course, whenever food is concerned, emotions always trump common sense.
It definitely wouldn’t be Christmas without the much debated *TURKEY* For some of us there will never be any other centerpiece that can replace the turkey.😉 Gammon, Spare-ribs, slow-roasted Leg of lamb and chunkey root vegetables…oh. OH CHRISTMAS LUNCH, HOW I LOVE YOU.
But the pleasures that are to be had from the slow build-up as you help prepare the feast, as well as from eating it, is not to be underestimated. For me, Christmas lunch is ultimately the *lynchpin* of the year.
Buuuuut, for the ultimate dessert lovers (like myself), my fondness for sweets always get the better of me. I subsequently go into repeat mode – (ahem) hopefully regret-free-trips to the dessert table. After all, as they say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained” ( though in my case ) *gains* equate to happiness and possibly weight gain.(but still)
So whether you’re lactose intolerant or cutting down on sugar or trying to eat clean . ‘Tis not a season for dieting’ I have to assume that at some point, even legitimate health concerns can bring any prospective foodie to their knees. Aaaand if you ever find yourself surrounded by cakes, macarons, cheesecakes and your mum’s wicked Christmas trifle. (Get ready to *sweets-all-you-can*) When the sweet tooth comes A- knockin’ dish up one of those luscious desserts. Shhhh …This is your last chance to indulge in your favorites. Go hard.😉
Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with good times, plenty of smiles, being together and shouting out loud.
Love and Light