My second entry for the Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories, is titled Christmas Cookies and Holiday Food. Once again you will find entries from myself, my Mom, and maternal Grandmother (in first person perspective) below.
Christmas Cookies and Holiday Food
Me: Our house smelled of cookies from Thanksgiving to Christmas. My mom is an amazing baker and she always was making something. She would freeze them by putting them in metal tins and setting them on our screened in porch (I grew up in Wisconsin). I remember sneaking out to 'sample' the goods on a daily basis! Every Christmas Eve we would have a big dinner: chicken, mashed potatoes, veggies, rolls, cheese cake, etc. Before we could eat we would say grace and most years we would each say what we were thankful for. We would eat dinner by candle light on Mom's good china. I loved these "fancy" dinners, but hated hand washing Mom's china for fear of breaking it! Before we could open presents on Christmas morning we would have a big breakfast that my G-Ma would send over a few days prior. It was a feast: pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage, hash browns, bacon, etc. Let's just say we never went hungry!
Mum: On Christmas Eve we would have oyster soup - I hated the oysters, but loved the broth. We would always have divinity, homemade peanut brittle and other candies. We were quite poor so the fresh fruit (apples and oranges) were always a treat.
G-Ma: On Christmas day we would have either have goose or a mince meat pie. My mom raised and sold geese so it would depend if she had any left, most of the neighbors bought them. If they were gone, we would have a mince meat pie - always from our own pork. There would also be potatoes, veggies, and pumpkin pie.