One of our family traditions is to have lots of Christmas fare on Christmas Eve. We have crackers, the Christmas table cloth, Christmas carols and a table laden with goodies. I think it started because on Christmas Day, lunch is so huge that we often don’t want much for tea, and then the kids would complain about not having all the goodies.
This year, due to my mother in law being with us, we are having a smaller version of that fare tonight, with crackers and a glass or two of champers. The kids are rapt as we will still have it on Christmas Eve too.
Food is one of the best things about Christmas, and nearly all of what I bake, we only have at Christmas time, which makes it special and something to look forward to.
One of the things I miss since we moved from cold Tassie to sunny Queensland all those years ago is the brandy snaps. Oh, how my mum tried when we moved up here to make them in the heat and humidity, only to have them go soft and floppy and never set crisp and crunchy at all. I think she gave up after a couple of years. I think, once, I bought some but it just wasn’t the same, of course.
Sharing food with friends and family around a table is wonderful at any time and sharing meals with those we love at Christmas brings it’s own sense of togetherness.
All the Christmas food and together round the table time is definitely one of my most favourite things at this end of the year. How about you?