Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah, Kwanzaa, & Festivus (for the rest of us)
There are, according to my very unscientific google search, 30 different things to celebrate in December. From a couple of Saints day to Winter Solstice and Christmas eve and a host of various random days.
In the Northern Hemisphere at least, the reasons for the season is these long, dark, cold nights and the return of the sun. For me, the winters holidays – and I celebrate Christmas with my family – is all about that light in the darkness. About being together with the people I love in preferably a cozy space with Christmas lights.
Over the last years, for different reasons, I haven’t been able to celebrate in my space with my family. We were in London, Bangkok, New York, Charlotte, and one memorable year, I was alone in Kabul. Wherever I was, I set up a tree and put up as many lights as I could get.
And invite everyone I know. I’ve lived away from my family of origin for thirty years or more. I love them, but we don’t often have the money or the space to gather together. I have many friends in that same position. So we do Friendsgiving, and we get together to celebrate Christmas and solstice and the return of the sun. We eat, we drink, we play Apples to Apples and, as the kids have grown up, Cards Against Humanity. I try to have a Christmas stocking for every kid. Defined as any one my kids ages or thereabouts. This year the oldest is 25. He’s still getting a stocking and a nerf gun. Tradition!
This year, I’m sharing a house with some friends, in the same town my kids live in. I’ve got the old tree out of storage, the lights up, and the chimney sweep scheduled (in the meantime, we watch the Yule Log on youtube on the flat screen TV balanced precariously on the thin mantel.)
I don’t have holiday china, don’t have any fancy serving dishes, glasses, or linens. But we’ll all squeeze in around the table we play Dungeons & Dragons on, eat on mismatched plates and drink wine out of the various glasses we’ve assembled. Money is extra tight this year, so it’s a homemade Christmas.
And it will be glorious.
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P.S. – I’m supposed to give you all a recipe. I don’t cook. My recipe for Christmas gathering is PotLuck from friends. But, in a pinch, I’ve been known to take a wheel of brie, sprinkle on some brown sugar, or some of your favorite preserves, wrap it all up in those crescent rolls in a tube (DON’T SEPARATE THEM) and bake it in a 350 degree oven until the rolls are brown. Delicious. It lasts like three seconds on the table.
Bonus if you made it this far: pictures of my trees through the year.