My family likes tradition...or dislikes change...either way it means that I have to cook certain foods every single year or field complaints. One year I suggested a rum and raisin ice cream dessert after lunch instead of the steamed Christmas pudding that I make every year.
“But it wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas pudding,” came the unified response.
Another year I thought I’d cut corners by not making mince pies for the days before Christmas. Same response.
No pavlova on Christmas Eve? No trifle Christmas night? What was I thinking?
No gingerbread? No way.
I’ve finally given up trying to inflict change upon them and now I’ve come to accept that it wouldn’t be Christmas without them all around me, and if I have to cook the same old things year in, year out in order to make sure that happens, I will.
Before I return to preparing the usual Christmas Eve spread, I’d love to hear whether anyone else has to bake/cook/prepare the same foods every year, or whether other families are happy to be a bit more adventurous, to break with tradition and try different things?
Whatever you eat at this time of year and whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope the holiday season is good to you. Here's hoping that 2015 is a happy year for all.