Christmas was filled with fabulous food, beautiful decorations and lots of laughter. It was quite enjoyable and for that I am thankful since Christmas can be filled with so many mixed emotions for me.
My cousin Greg and his wife Liz host our family's Christmas dinner. It is an event to say the least. First off look at this beautiful decoration over the table. Liz said she saw something like it on HGTV and had almost everything they needed in the house to do it. I have no doubt it was easy for her, but I am deficient in the home decorating gene. I would never be able to do this.
I am used to having a large Christmas meal, but I am still in awe of anyone who can get out a turkey and a pork roast (having both is our family tradition) as well as rice dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, broccoli rice casserole, macaroni and cheese, pistachio salad, rolls, and gravy all to the table at the same time (for 23 people!!) and have it taste fantastic. Other family members brought cornbread dressing and green bean casserole. Needless to say it took a while to get everything on my plate, but not nearly as long for me to eat it all! Of course there was also the ham, cheese bread and boudin dip and crackers as an appetizer and the dessert table. Are there any more beautiful words than dessert table?
We ended the time together with white elephant which was a lot of fun. I have struggled the last few years with letting go of the Christmases of my youth and learning to accept the way Christmas works in my middle age years. It helped to have such a beautiful display in a warm and inviting environment. Thanks Liz and Greg.