Christmas is coming…which we all knew already, right? Christmas, aside from the gift giving and celebration, is laden with food. Especially desserts. Lots of desserts.
I have read an abundance of posts from fellow bloggers about their holiday eating plans, and about the ridiculous amounts of food and desserts available throughout this season. How does one stay focused and on track with so much temptation lurking around?
I was really quite relaxed about the whole thing until…
Each year we head to my mother’s parents’ house for Christmas. The adults exchange gifts (which actually just migrated into an absurd exchange of gift certificates several years ago) while the children are corralled into a small space in the elegant home of my mother’s parents. They, of course, are unable to actually touch anything since the pristine home is museum-like in many ways. It is an uncomfortable gathering, and it has been for many years. In light of this unbearably tense environment, everyone in the family stays pretty focused on eating/grazing. After all, if you constantly have food in your mouth, no one can expect to have a conversation.
Traditionally, the entire family is divided by sisters (my mother and her four sisters) as far as food goes. Their parents would provide the meat (usually a deli tray), and the rest of the meal gets divided up between the five sisters and brought in like a bizarre potluck. This year is no different, with one tiny exception…
My mother and I are in charge of bringing dessert. When she told me the news I about jumped through the roof. Seriously. My face immediately went red hot and I was saying all sorts of colorful words I will not share here. Dessert. Now, the whole family is well aware that I have lost 60+ pounds. So, why ask *me* to bring dessert? Is that being somewhat passive agressive? I think so, personally. Hence my cryptically malicious title. I am livid.
In all the flustered chaos in my head, though, I am pretty sure I have developed a cryptically malicious counter attack. Bring fruit…and nothing else. So, this year the family will be gathered around the “buffet” on my mother’s parents counter top…in that crazy “picture perfect” kitchen where everyone is afraid to touch or use anything…with fruit as the “grand finale.” They will be angry (and I am sure that is an understatement) and I will probably get asked at least two dozens times, “Where’s the *real* dessert?” That is fine with me.
I bet I will not be in charge of dessert next year.
How are you planning to make it through the
holiday food season? Are you going to stick to your regularly scheduled programming or let things slide and have a free-for-all?