Christmas is Over

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Good morning! I wanted to be sure and write in my blog this morning, cialis but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about. Then I started thinking about my Christmas dinner. I really wasn’t up to cooking a turkey dinner with all the fixings this year. To be honest, after seeing the video of Sarah Palin at the turkey processing plant, I lost my desire to eat one. I wanted to break with tradition, so I cooked Italian this year. In all the 45 Christmas dinners I have cooked over the years, this was the first time I didn’t have turkey. Maybe a prime rib, or a filet of beef, but turkey is the tradition in our house. For an Irish girl, I have to say that I can cook up some pretty good Italian food. I decided to have an antipasto, lasagna with meatballs, pork and sweet Italian sausage, that always gives the “gravy”, as my Italian mother in law used to call it, a really good flavor, and lots of garlic bread too. For dessert, a family favorite, Neapolitan. Lots of good red wine too. We had 7 around the Christmas table, my brother-in-law, my daughter, son, my granddaughter, my mother and Bill and I. When we picked up my mother, on the way to my house she said, are we having turkey and stuffing? I told her we were having something different this year, lasagna. She laughed and said, “oh, come on, you are kidding”. Right then and there I knew I was in trouble. LOL-As we sat down to eat, everyone seemed to be enjoying their dinner. Now you have to remember that my mother suffers from dementia. Out of the corner of my eye, I see her very quickly put her portion of lasagna back! I know she thought no one saw her.

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At the end of the evening, as we sat around the fire talking, we all decided, lasagna sounds good, but does everyone REALLY like it that much? It’s ok, but we don’t love it. Next year, back to tradition, turkey with all the trimmings. Breaking with tradition is not easy. This week I’ll be cooking a chicken with stuffing, and all the trimmings, for my mother. It will make her happy and I’ll feel better too.
Happy day
Carole

10 Responses to “Christmas is Over”

  1. Mira Says:

    We did something similar…we all made homemade pizza together. It was fun, but didn’t feel like Christmas…back to tradition for us next year too!
    Happy New Year,
    Mira

  2. Carole Says:

    Well, Mira, at least we tried. It never hurts to shake things up a bit. I’m sure we are not alone.
    Carole

  3. Debbie Says:

    We also broke with tradition and had a pork roast. This week I’m pulling out the small turkey out of the freezer and roasting it with cornbread stuffing. Some things you can mess with , some things you can’t. Our family enjoyed something different, but agreed that they missed the tradition.
    I love the apple and fir centerpiece.
    Debbie

  4. Christe' Says:

    I love your reading Christmas dinner story and especially the part whe you saw your momma put her lasagna back!
    No matter what we eat, it’s the being together that’s most important and what a sweet daughter you are for making a roasted chicken with dressing for you mom, she will remember that and how much you love her.
    I love the apple & cedar tree too, so very beautiful.
    Christe’

  5. Jeannnene Says:

    “HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU…HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU…HAPPY NEW YEAR TO Carole, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!!!!!!!” (and many more). “oh, is that the “birthday song” that is OK, you can use it for NEW YEARS TOO uh?? I don’t think there is a law against that…*wink* I hope to blog more this upcoming year,miss ya!! XOXO Jeannene

  6. gayle tweed Says:

    Happy New Year Carole–Your Christmas dinner reminded me of an Everybody Loves Raymond episode when Ray’s wife Deborah decided on fish for Thanksgiving–it did not go over. I was snowbound in Portland for five days until Christmas Day morning–I had shopped but we discovered we had no potatoes to go with our prime rib–had to have instant mashed…it really didn’t matter one bit….
    I enjoy your blog very much…..
    Gayle

  7. Rachael Says:

    Happy New Year Carole! I had to laugh at you catching you Mum putting her lasagne back! One Thanksgiving, my FIL got up from the table and LEFT before I even sat down! They normally have …..akkk akkk….CHILI, for Thanksgiving , and I cooked the turkey and everything. I still laugh when I think of that ;)
    rachael

  8. Carole Says:

    Thank you to everyone that told your little story too. Aren’t families great! Too funny!
    Carole

  9. mary frank Says:

    I would love to buy the piece to make this for the holidays.
    Can you help with the ifmo?

    Thanks

  10. mary frank Says:

    I have a ready

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