As posted by reverendmother at RevGalBlogPals:
Well friends, we’ve covered advent, music, and movies/TV–but we here
at F5 HQ would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that quintessential
holiday topic… fooooooooood.
1. Favorite cookie/candy/baked good without which, it’s just not Christmas.
I like a really good sugar cookie, in a Christmas-y shape, with buttercream frosting. I don’t always get it, but I really, really like it. I would never think of eating them any other time of year. I’m hoping to make some today. But I was also hoping to make them yesterday, and the time did not allow.
Do you do a fancy dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, both, or
neither? (Optional: with whom will you gather around the table this
Christmas Eve is too complicated, as a mother/pastor, for a fancy meal. We used to go to the grandfather’s house, but that party has been moved to an earlier date the past few years, which is actually better in a lot of ways (for me, that is).
Last year I made a pot of beef stew on Christmas Eve, which we enjoyed in front of the fireplace. But this year the kids will be staying and eating with their dad that night, so I have no idea what Pure Luck and I will do.
On Christmas Day, the kids will return in the late morning to open presents, and we will be joined mid-afternoon by my sister-in-law, Wonderful, with her two children, as well as The Father of My Children and his friend. We will serve turkey, tofurkey for a young vegetarian and the Festive Christmas Meat Loaf (Pure Luck’s favorite).
3. Evaluate one or more of the holiday beverage trifecta: hot chocolate, wassail, egg nog.
I don’t think of hot chocolate as a holiday drink, since I drink it at a lot of other times, too. Wassail I’ve never had. Eggnog is good in a latte at Starbucks.
My mother’s cousin Jimmy was famous for his eggnog, and his family had an open house every Christmas Eve at which it was the great feature. But I was never allowed to go. I think there was some intoxication going on, and my parents were protective. So I had always associated eggnog with places I wasn’t supposed to go until I had it in coffee and loved it.
4. Candy canes: do you like all the new-fangled flavors or are you a peppermint purist?
There are new-fangled flavors?
5. Have you ever actually had figgy pudding? And is it really so good that people will refuse to leave until they are served it?
No, and I can’t imagine it’s any good at all. Probably as bad as fruitcake. Bleh. Give me a Bavarian Cream or a Chocolate Trifle, our dessert items for this Christmas!