So, today marks clean up day after weeks of preparations. Some preparations were successful, others… not so much. I really enjoy Christmas and I tend to go overboard. I buy too much, I eat too much, I cook too much and I want everything to be perfect. To be fair, this is only the first year since all of my kids have been old enough to know our truth about Santa Claus and I may have had a small jolt of acknowledgement that I won’t ever have that responsibility of maintaining the myth for a child again. A mildly unsettling thought for someone who doesn’t consider herself old, but… I guess I’m reaching that part of the spectrum.
Back to preparations though: this year saw many batches of fudge (somehow, not as many as my children and husband could consume?), favourite Weight Watcher recipes (https://www.weightwatchers.com/ca/en) (No, I’m not advertising, but I don’t believe in mentioning organizations without giving credit where credit is due.) such as crisp rice macaroons, dark Christmas cake (with my sister participating heavily in the baking of this one!) and sugar cookies.
Christmas Eve day involved cooking food both for Wigilia (the Polish tradition my husband’s family introduced to me and maintained for him and our kids), with a careful accounting for twelve courses of no meat (they accept fish, but no land animals), including barszcz, paszdeciki with mushrooms and cabbage, sałatka, uszka, pierogi among the various dishes served. In addition, I try to jump start Christmas Day by making ahead a breakfast dish (this year was a French Toast bake casserole adapted for my family), and pre-cooking a cowboy hotpot casserole and scalloped potatoes. (Remember my “not-so-good” comment earlier? These were the guilty dishes that failed! Still reeling over those – they usually are so good!)
A few mishaps, some rolled eyes (maybe filling the stockings after wine and honey liqueur was not a good idea?) have humbled me that I am not perfect and I can’t think of everything in advance. However, with family and friends, it’s okay.
The day- and the celebration- has come and gone for another year. On to the next challenge!
Here is wishing everyone – no matter what their faith – a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2019!