Thursday, December 25, 2014

It's Christmas

It's Christmas and the Christmas Food Count down is over. Here in Australia at  my place, the family have just left after a day of excitement and fun .... and Christmas food. It is very quiet and we are relaxing with a cuppa and a repeat TV program. Lunch seemed such a long time ago, but we are still feeling the effects of a non- traditional, mixed cultural Christmas meal. My grandsons requested their favourite Chinese snacks - pork buns, prawn gow gees and dim sims. The adults also indulged in smoked salmon and cream cheese swirls, chicken, pork spare ribs,  ham  and prawns with a Chinese salad and potato, egg and bacon salad. This was followed some hours later with traditional plum pudding cooked in calico, and mangoes and ice cream.  Add in the nibbles like candy canes, fruit cake, and chocolates..... No surprise that everyone has gone home with "take away"  leftovers.
Our Christmas lunch 
Last week, at the Simmons family Christmas gathering, we had an Aussie cold spread with stuffed turkey, ham and pork with many different salads and side dishes.... a Christmas feast fit for a summer's day. 
Simmons Christmas gathering. 
 I know many of my friends will have had a traditional roast turkey with the trimmings and/or a baked ham.... others will have enjoyed a barbecue on the beach or a catered meal at a community Christmas gathering, or  like us at home, a bit of a mixture of favourite foods, depending on their cultural heritage. I do remember one Christmas when all of our family were away and we had an omelette!  Whatever food you enjoy as part of your Christmas celebrations,  it won't really matter  because ....when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.- Caroline Kennedy.
Like the Grinch, I think there is "lot more" to Christmas ...  Eat drink and be merry... but don't forget to count your blessings, not your presents. 
Give the gifts of love, joy and your presence.