Why is this the time of year when we place more emphasis on food and entertaining? It’s all about what are you going to make for this gathering, what you are bringing to this party, and what drinks go with this feast. It is enough to drive anyone crazy. However, many households have traditions that make this time of year more bearable thanks to the repetitive nature that comes every year and the predictability that helps moms around the world stay sane as they entertain.
When we go to my in-laws for Christmas, it is tradition that we have breakfast first. And every year it is the same breakfast that we have had for the past…well since my husband has said so. He claims he has had the same thing since as far back as he can remember. It is a breakfast casserole that is made the night before in a roaster and stays in the fridge till you bake it in the morning for 45 min. Just enough time for the rest of the home to wake up. Good deal.
This year will look a little different in our home. Due to health reasons with my in-laws, this year we are breaking tradition and we are hosting the traditional family meal. In the past we have relied on my husbands parents for everything Christmas. It was simple: show up, eat and have fun together. However, this year we will provide the turkey, the homemade pie and everything in between.
I plan to start making things like the meatballs ahead of time and although it will be more work than years past, we are happy we can still enjoy Christmas with our family. Of course, the leftovers will be a bonus… casseroles and soups…yummmm.
To tell you the truth the thought of doing everything my mother in-law does seems a little overwhelming. God bless my mother in-law for all those years of of cooking for us, but I know this will be a great Christmas.
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