Tuesday, December 25, 2007
After spending the morning home as a family, we hit my moms house for a Christmas visit. We missed out on the "family event" last night because I had to work. My sister had cooked up a ham, a gazillion sides, and some kind of no-bake chocolate and cheesecake pie that she also had at Thanksgiving. My dad brought me a plate at work last night with two huge slabs of ham plus assorted extras and a huge slice of the pie. I ate a slab of the ham and most of the pie and saved the other hamslab for Rubi. Once we got over there today, there were leftovers that mom insisted we eat and take home. We had a very small amount of ham and Rubi and the kids all shared a single piece of that yummy pie (we were saving our appetites for lunch). After gifts and visiting and such, we headed to Rubi's parent's house.
Rubi's mom always has a great spread of delicious food for any kind of family get-together. Today was no different. Even before gifts and dinner, we visited over a smorgasbord of appetizers: rumake, baked ham, cheese cubes, crackers with cream cheese and some kind of pepper jelly, and shrimp with cocktail sauce. After visiting for awhile, we opened gifts, then had Christmas Dinner (lunch).
Rubi's mom made a delicious ham, a gazillion sides, plus home-made cheddar biscuits (that's new!), and her famous cookies for desert: oatmeal, snickerdoodles, and walnut chocolate chip. She also set out a desert platter with clementine segments, pineapple chunks, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and strawberries sprinkled with powdered sugar, plus mini-carrot cakes and mini pecan-tarts that Rubi's sister brought from work. Rubi's sister also supplied the ham that her mom prepared.
At my work, since about a week before Thanksgiving, we've been receiving gifts of food and snacks from various sources; it's nice that at least around this time of year some people recognize that we're at work 24/7/365 and can't always leave to get food. One former police officer delivered enough barbecue and sides to feed all of our employees and then some, and a former co-worker brought in a meat and cheese tray, two loafs of bread, and two bags of chips. We've received several large tins of popcorn, various chocolate things, tins of cookies (both homemade and store-bought), meat and cheese trays, fruit baskets, and assorted other sweet and salty snacks.
It's no wonder people gain weight over the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season.