The gift of food
Food is central to our celebrations and Christmas is no different. Mince pies, Christmas puddings, turkey and all the trimmings, mulled wine. If you are not careful Christmas can turn into one long endless meal followed by one long endless stomach ache. On the other hand it is a wonderful time to bring friends and family together over a mixing bowl and a kitchen table.
My daughters have allocated 23rd December as Festive Baking Day, they have invited a couple of friends over and intend to spend the day baking festive food with an endless loop of Christmas music in the background, it’s a lovely tradition and always fills the house with laughter and a lot of silliness as well as lots and lots of cakes and biscuits. Food can do that, bring people together, through the preparation and the consumption.
I imagine that you have food, and are looking forward to a delicious Christmas shared with friends and family. But can you maintain the tradition through the rest of the year? In our busy lives it is all too easy to resort to instant meals eaten on the hoof. Try to eat together with family or friends. Even when I lived alone I made a point of cooking my evening meal even if it was only very simple. The ritual of food preparation and the time taken to enjoy it is a gift that sadly many people in this world can only dream of. Don’t waste that gift.