Can you believe that it’s Christmas again? I swear, each year it comes faster and faster and I become less and less prepared. As in, I just did my Christmas shopping yesterday – 3 days before Christmas. What is everyone planning for Christmas? We’re having some family over as usual, and will be making a turkey and all the fixings and some yummy desserts. Of course, I’m still thinking about a few hors d’oevres to serve before the meal. Now that is planning at its finest my friends!
Christmas is definitely one of my favourite times of the year. It’s so wonderful and happy and festive and fun. I also love ugly Christmas sweaters – I have a wide range and keep adding to my collection each year. I think everyone needs at least one, preferably two or more, ugly Christmas sweaters. I wish I had an ugly Christmas sweater with our little friend Santa peaking in the bottom of the photo above. Now that would be a good one.
Last year my cookie spread wasn’t the greatest because, well, I ate all the cookies before Christmas. Shh. I just can’t help snacking when they’re sitting out there all nice and pretty. This year I made five types of cookies and they were all winners and will all be present in the cookie spread. I promise.
For me, Christmas is all about tradition. I look forward to my Aunt Mari’s stuffing, and my dad’s mashed potatoes. Christmass Eve always includes watching A Christmas Story and singing carols and the opening of the first gift – a new pair of pajamas. While Christmas is a time for tradition, sometimes there are some side dishes that you can throw into the mix, while remaining traditional they are still a little different and add a nice element to the meal.
And then of course you can’t forget Christmas desserts. We usually have two desserts, I’ll make one (always involving chocolate) and my mom makes her trifle which has a gluten free cake base and layers of custard, strawberries and whipped cream. It’s definitely a well loved dessert.
Last year I made a chocolate layer cake with chocolate mousse filling, but there was a dessert which I made earlier this year, the Flourless Chocolate Cake and I just can’t resist making it again. It’s so rich and decadent, and finishing off Christmas dinner with a small slice of flourless chocolate cake is a great way to end an amazing time.
I’m looking forward to all the delicious food, spending time with friends and family and general feeling of Christmas that will occupy the next few days. Will be back to regular posting in the New Year! If you’re looking for some Holiday tips check out my latest posts on The Kit Stress-Free Holidays, Wellness Gift Ideas and Six Easy Health Tips.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!