December 8, 2010

  • Does anyone actually live the life as suggested by commercials?

    Where the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a relentless series of one champagne-and-fancy-appetizer party after another?

    And who does all this dropping-in?  If I’ve been urged via radio and TV to keep a particular item on hand because of all the people who are going to drop in, I’ve been urged to keep a dozen.

    Wouldn’t my friends and family be surprised were I to actually take ‘em by surprise and drop in, looking expectantly around for bottles of bubbly and platters of goodies to be whipped out for my entertainment?  silly

    Personally, I prefer some notice (to be frank, I prefer to do my own inviting, too) so as to make sure the carpet is vaccumed, the kitchen floor swept, and the litter boxes tidied up.

    Drop in at your own risk.  cool


Comments (1)

  • It’s not my life!

    We do tend to see more of one another, as a family and friends circle, as much because of things like Christmas programs and shopping trips and sledding adventures as anything, but any “partying” is strictly casual, hit or miss, or potluck! Take-out is our friend!

    Once we get right down to it, from the time of the Meyer Christmas Party the Saturday before Christmas, through and including New Year’s Day, there are lots of get-togethers, with lots of good food, planned and otherwise.

    My mother never cooked a big Christmas dinner when I was growing up. Instead she’d bake a whole ham, make scalloped potatoes, potato and/or macaroni salad, fruit salad and have a lot of veggies and snackables on hand so we could “eat out of the fridge” as possible. Our Christmas Day tradition was always to visit all and sundry on The Day so we were rarely home long enough to have a big meal. Everyone else in the family did a variation of this, because you’d never know who might be around at a meal time.

    We did the same for a few years, until we realized that as the youngest couple in the family (back then) we were usually visited last, and because of geography, after Clara’s house. People would come in, we’d offer food from our abundant stash and we’d hear, “Oh, couldn’t eat a thing…just came from Clara’s.” Clara always made everyone else look miserly in their preparations. She actually made two kinds of macaroni salad – one with tuna and one without. She’d have ham AND a turkey. She’d have rolls, three or four kinds of bread and any kind of cheese you could imagine, along with four or five types of crackers. She’d bake five or six batches of cookies (always at least two batches of chocolate chip), a couple of pies and a cake or two, and the shelf in her hall closet was always jam-packed full of every kind of chocolate you can imagine. She’d have plain chips, barbecue chips, sour cream and onion chips, rippled chips and two or three dips. She’d have peel and eat shrimp. I am sure I could go on. Needless to say, people ATE at her house!

    Nowadays, we do something in the middle – I bake a half a ham on the bone, make scalloped potatoes and a couple of veggies and we have various snack stuff besides. We eat a big dinner when we can, now according to Tiana’s work schedule. A new tradition is to make ham and bean soup with the last bit of ham and the roaster with all the good drippings in it. Joe and his family love it and so do we.

    For us, having stuff on hand to snack without spending too much money on snack stuff that won’t get used is a balancing act. We will have drop-ins, and we will need stuff – but when and who and how much? God only knows!


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