This year, which is about changes, I have decided to look back at what for me has signified the true Christmas/Holiday Spirit in my home. It really is all about people, the food we eat, experiencing the smells, tastes, laughter and sounds. Truly a feast of merriment. I can track each year by what we did, ate and who we were with. From Home in California, first southern and now northern, to Texas, Florida, Arizona, South Africa, France.
Our Holidays have spanned many stops. Celebrating Christmas Eve with family and friends has been a joyful journey. One that is going to change for me. Since I will not spend Holidays,in the same way, with all the same people I have come to call family. This is my journey of remembrance. My reflection on past meals and my belief in future meals.
We have always celebrated Christmas Eve, and Christmas day has been for lolling around, opening presents, eating leftovers or traveling somewhere to spend time with friends & family. Airports have been part of my holiday puzzle.
Like the one above, journeying to Southern California to meet up with friends in the mountains.
The focus has been all about shopping, prepping, decorating and cooking countless meals, setting the table, and sometimes visiting friends who were cooking & preparing lavish meals for friends like us
Visiting and shopping in the city, I have many sweet memories of window shopping, indulging in city flavors, feeling the exultation.
And on the home front, we are hanging, and decorating, even Goldie gets a Holiday Shine. What could be merrier?
And then there is the delicious food, toasts to celebrate life, moments to hold dear. Something about the holidays, that makes us want to enjoy luxury in the mouth. Indulge our senses.
Like a little Foie Gras with Melba toast & Sauterne
or it may be Gravlax, or oysters. I am in heaven just thinking about the sheer delight of taste.
A main course like this one Venison with endive and stuffed squash (with chestnut puree) delicious! Last years Christmas eve dinner.
After all the food there is still cheese and dessert, of course the meal is long and full of laughter, no matter how few or how many there are celebrating. We reminisce, we share, we have another toast.
and the sweet is always last! A reminder that good times are coming again. The real joy in life is in sharing the good times.
With Champagne and Christmas Crackers, life is celebrated again.
So what do the holidays bring to your mind? Comment below and let me know.
If you want a home you can celebrate in, call me Jennifer Duchene 650.644.8592