"There's a lot of bad "isms"
floating around this world,
but one of the worst
Miracle On 34th Street
Christmas is almost here and we all know what that means.
Too much eating
Too many expenses
Too much pressure to do it all and not enough time
The good news is, despite the Scrooges out there, this time of year is still great. It's the pressure we all put on ourselves that makes us crazy.
You know how to have a good Christmas? Ignore the "how to" tips full of "easy" recipes that'll only take you a week to prepare. Ignore all the advertisements for 50" television sets that "make great gifts" and take note, your house doesn't have to outshine Rockefeller Center to be beautiful.
Invite your friends over for a glass of wine to celebrate the season, but let's not compete with happy hour at the Ritz.
Buy small gifts for those you love but don't feel obliged to spend your food money for the next two months.
See how easy this is?
Don't kid yourself. Christmas has been commercial for a long long time yet every generation seems to think this is new. Either we fight it, or go down trying.
My parents and grandparents didn't go into bankruptcy or the nut house at Christmas (as far as I know.....mind you....). They baked (those who didn't work), decorated beautifully with help from Woolworth's and their own imaginations, and Christmas was the best time of year! We all had lots of presents (including things we actually needed), friends dropped in never expecting a banquet spread, and voila. Christmas!
Yes, I know this sounds soooo old fashioned, but isn't that what we want this time of year?
On Christmas Day, a stuffed frozen turkey is the easiest. Tradition is great but I'm not against progress!
Below is a punch recipe. An example of why I'm not reading any more tips.
1 bottle (64-ounce size) apple juice OK
1 can (46-ounce size) pineapple juice Gotcha
1 bottle (46-ounce size) cran-raspberry juice OK
1 cup water No problem
Spice Bag OK, you've lost me
1 cinnamon stick, broken ?
6 whole cloves ?
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg ?
Place spices in coffee filter or cheese cloth ? Tie with a string. Pour into large kettle or percolator (I don't have either), make spice bag (now they're kidding) and add to kettle. Let simmer for ten minutes. Remove spice bag and serve warm.