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The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. I get to relive moments from my childhood, reconnect with old friends, and spend quality time with my family. Since we’re together a mere twenty-four hours, we all manage to get along rather swimmingly; the booze at breakfast certainly doesn’t hurt either.
In my family, we don’t do the traditional Christmas Eve dinner, complete with a ham, turkey or some other mountain of meat. It’s shocking I know, especially since I’m surrounded by carnivores who like nothing more than a side of meat with their meat.
Instead, we have a smorgasbord of edibles (not those kind), where folks fill their plates and glasses many times over. There’s fruit, smoked salmon, cheese, artichoke dip, shrimp platters, taco dip, chips, veggies, crackers, breads and spreads and enough chocolate to power the state of New York, assuming of course we could turn dessert into energy. Someone way smarter than me needs to get on that.
Holiday music plays in the background, every horizontal surface is covered with food and a fire crackles away in the living room. Everybody gets a turn rocking the singing Santa hat, until we eventually hide the damn thing in a corner. Conversation abounds and laughter overflows. We ooh and aah over all the decorations and spent countless minutes trying to find the 13 shoe ornaments on the tree (this is a slow year for footwear; my stepmom has at least 25).
At some point in the evening, we swap out our fancy clothes for footed pajamas, sweatpants tucked into socks (guilty as charged), or anything with an elastic waistband. We breathe deeply before we tuck into yet another plate of food, while busting out the board games. My older brother plays Mouse Trap with the young ones until they get sleepy.
After the little ones hit the sack, we unearth the presents from the basement and engulf the tree with our generosity. We put away whatever morsels of food remain, take one last sip of our fizzy drinks, and retire to bed ourselves, with excitement and happy exhaustion in the air.
Our Christmas Eve shenanigans is one of my favorite holiday traditions and I’m looking forward to bringing Ave into the fold this year. I’ll keep her away from Mouse Trap though; I’m pretty sure it’s a choking hazard.
Thank you letting me share some of my holidays with all of you.
The generous folks at Swanson Health Products want to thank you as well and spread the love and holiday cheer by offering you a $100 shopping spree giveaway.
Since I still fancy myself a food blogger, I thought I’d share a few healthy holiday appetizers in case you’re still looking for ideas.
Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukah. Joyous Kwanzaa. Holiday and Solstice Greetings.
What’s one of your favorite holiday traditions? Meals?