It’s been quite a year and a half, and if you are anything like me, you are both excited, and also a little freaked out, for Christmas this weekend. My family has a very small, family-only celebration planned, and as I finish up my work for the year, I have been stockpiling things that will help me make it through the holidays, no matter what the holidays bring.
1 Fresh Cranberries
I like to buy a couple of extra bags of fresh cranberries at Thanksgiving and then stash them in my freezer until Christmas. They fancy up muffins or a coffee cake in the morning, they are delicious baked into the top of a wheel of brie, a 10 minute simmer makes the perfect sweet and sour sauce for meat, and, not to mention, they are the perfect festive garnish for drinks!
2 Speaking of Drinks
A bottle of Prosecco is a must have for me! Nothing says celebration like a Mimosa! Grab a few bottles of mid priced Bubbles and stash them in the back of your fridge, then any occasion can become a special occasion!
My husband’s family are obsessed with Christmas Cookies, they require at least 12 dozen assorted to last them the holidays. And after almost 20 years together, I have to say, I agree. They make a perfect breakfast dessert, a great mid afternoon snack, and it means I don’t have to go crazy on the dessert front for the holidays. I have been baking cookies for a week now, and still have 3 more types to go! (PS My Mother in Law also bakes her own sets of cookies, so we are doubly blessed!)
This may sound strange for Christmas, but as many of you know I am Jewish but married into a Christian family. After we got married, my new family wanted to make sure that I felt welcome, and encouraged me to add foods from my traditions to theirs. I made latkes one year, and everyone loved them. And they asked for them the next year, and the next year, and the year after that. So now it’s a tradition, and we do latkes every year for Christmas Day Dinner.
With all of the uncertainty in the world, we are all looking for a little bit of comfort right now. From my family to yours, I wish you all the peace and comfort in the world.