I was driving home the other day with my daughter when she started to sing Jingle Bells out loud! “Oh my God”, I said, “please not Christmas songs already!” She said she knew it was a little ridiculous but that the song just popped into her head. She loves Christmas for all the reasons one should (okay, I know it is a religious holiday too, but am not focusing on that right now) : Family, Food, Wintry Weather and a mountain of Presents under our over-decorated garish Christmas tree.
We have had a bit of a tough year and it seemed like if I focused on this lovely final event of the calendar year, it could be a time when everything is put to rights. I think my daughter was thinking the same thing when she said right after her belting out Jingle Bells, “I want this to be a good Christmas”. I think we both simultaneously decided to pin our hopes on a time in the year that has always been magical for us all, and we could use all of that good stuff to propel us into a great 2018, or something like that…
For that to happen, something else would need to happen! There is a line that I have always loved and quoted (half-joking, half in earnest to get my point across during one of those annoying motherly conversations when I’m trying to make my kids understand that nothing in life is free, or is just handed to you) from the movie Julia and Julia where she, Julia Child, and her two partners are sitting together discussing how one of the partners is not pulling her weight but is still demanding equal share when the book they are writing is published. Julia and Simone Beck, (one of the partners), are politely trying to tell Louisette Bertholle, (the other partner), that she is not doing enough to merit a third of the share of the profits. But, as Julia is talking, and being way too politic about it, Simone Beck gets exasperated and cuts through all the bull and yells in a very polite but firm tone, “YOU DON’T DO THE WORK!” Well , that ended that conversation and everyone was crystal clear.
So…If I didn’t feel motivated to write about anything all year, focusing on something that my daughter wanted badly, A Good Christmas, was motivation enough for me to “DO THE WORK!”
And this is the perfect time to make that very traditional dessert that you absolutely love or you absolutely abhor: Christmas Pudding. I will use food, as I have done so often, to inspire me to plan, make, and write my way to Christmas Dinner, December 25th, 2017. Stay tuned for Pudding recipe (now I need to go out to buy ingredients that I certainly never have on hand!)