Oh the holidays, how I love thee. I know others loathe thee for the exact reasons I'm going to talk about below, but I LOVE YOU for them. Y'see, growing up, Christmas morning always meant an amazing breakfast. It started with the box of Pot of Gold chocolates Santa brought and was followed by pancakes, and bacon and eggs made by my dad. He makes really good breakfasts and other than sometimes at camp (and Christmas) dad doesn't make brekkie
So Christmas always means special food, and it's something I look forward to it all year long. Throw in Nanaimo bars, genettis, tie plates and gingerbread fortresses and Christmas is a bright spot of delicious, special foods that I don't normally get any other time of the year. Enjoying those foods with friends and family is equally important; some of my favourite memories growing up are the huge, loud family dinners with my dad's side of the family, everyone cracking jokes and having a great time.
The last two Christmases have been very very quiet, being so far from everyone. Last year we nearly ordered pizza for dinner Christmas day but were thwarted by none of the pizza shops being open. I made up a small chicken with some of the trimmings (mashed potatoes, carrots, a dessert) but that was it. This year we ordered pizza Christmas eve and had a simple dinner on the actual day with our former roomie who came over from Vancouver for a visit. We completely skipped Thanksgiving this year as well-didn't do a thing.
I worry that Gabe is missing out on a lot by not having these big family gatherings, and by being far from his family in general. So often it's just the three, now four, of us, and honestly, I really dislike cooking (and Ryan doesn't have the time or energy).
What are YOUR family food traditions? I really really want to hear from you!