It has been unseasonably warm this December in the Northeast. With the balmy weather and not a snowflake in sight, it’s hard to imagine that Christmas is just one week from today! I am not complaining though.
I find myself looking forward to Christmas this year in a way I haven’t felt in awhile. Our children are coming home soon and it will be the first time since August that we are all together. Our house is sufficiently decorated, although we have left the tree purchasing and decorating to do as a family. Tradition trumps efficiency every time. This Sunday, we’ll attend church as a family and watch the youngsters in our Sunday School perform the Christmas pageant, just as our children did for many years. And we are hosting Christmas dinner for my husband’s family which should be really fun, especially if we have a rematch of the games we played last year that left us all in hysterics.
It’s always a sentimental time of year isn’t it? Some of the decorations in our home used to adorn other mantles, countertops and windowsills. They are mixed in with our new decorations but allow us to hold close the people to whom they previously belonged. One of my favorite possessions is a crystal pedestal dish that was my mother’s. She filled it with our favorite chocolate bells and Santas and I will do the same.
Christmas dinner will be centered around roast lamb served with mint jelly, a nod to my husband’s beloved father. We will break open Christmas crackers and wear colorful crowns on our heads as my husband did in his home. I will make one of my mother’s cake recipes and on Christmas Eve when it’s the four of us enjoying our tradition of beef fondue, we will say the Hayr Mer (the Lord’s Prayer) in Armenian as my father always asked me to do before a holiday meal.
It can be the most wonderful time of the year.
And so, since the next two Fridays are actual holidays, I decided to “wrap it up” and make this my final Kitchen Scout post for 2015. Hooray for year two! As I did last year, I have made a list, checked it twice and included all the links from the past year in categories for your easy reference.
I hope for anyone who is relatively new to the blog, you have some time to click on links you may not have seen along the way. You may discover a new recipe or restaurant to try! I also provided the link to It’s a Wrap, 2014!, that includes the links to all the posts from The Kitchen Scout’s first year.
But most importantly, like me, I hope you take time to relax and enjoy this end of the year with people you love. I have so enjoyed writing to you each week and look forward to keeping the blog going in 2016. Thank you so much for reading. It means the world to me. See you on January 8th.
Appetizers and Snacks
Do it Yourself
Until next year…