We all know how hectic Christmas can become, especially when there are family members out-of-town or complex family situations. Navigating a Christmas schedule to decide who goes where and when is a nightmare for some people. My schedule is blissfully simple.
Tonight, we’re having dinner at my parents’ house, the same I grew up in. It’s 20 minutes from my current apartment so no long distance travelling for me. Apparently, we’re going to play Wii Sports and, as usual, we’ll eat too much and laugh all night. It’s a small party with the close family and the few uncles, aunts and cousins who have nothing else planned that night. Most of us sleep over.
Tomorrow is the annual pyjamas day. The big Christmas party at my Grandma’s house (we call her Mémé) has been a pyjamasparty for a while now. It’s nice and stress free. Again, there will be too much food but Mémé is a chef so no one will complain. We drink kir and wine, eat turkey (from my family’s farm straight to Mémé’s oven) and work our abs with laughter.
Everyone sleeps at Mémé’s house because on the 26, it’s the you-so-don’t-want-to-miss-it waffle breakfast. It’s my Grandpa’s original recipe (which is now dutifully baked by my uncle). It’s the original waffle irons too. Those things are older than I can remember. And they need fixing every year. It’s all part of the ritual. 😉
There’s a fight in the kitchen over who gets the first waffles and we eat them plain because they are just soooo good. With a side of fruit salad, it is the perfect breakfast.
In the afternoon, there’s a hockey game played in the courtyard. We make sandwiches with turkey leftovers, homemade bread and homemade mayonnaise. Om nom nom.
Every other year, there’s a big snow storm on the evening of the 26th and some of us can’t go back home so we spend another night. I think we’re due for that this year.
So what are your Christmas plans? Any particular family ritual you do every year? Do you travel?