My best friend was 3rd gen Sicilian, and her house at any holiday feast was always like that!… It was always fun to go over there… Her dad usually had sausage and peppers roasting in a pan…. I can still smell it today…..
The Italians sure know how to throw a party, thats for sure…
As a married woman, having to split up time with both families, Christmas Eve became the tradition with my parents.Mom always set an elegant table, Dad had a fire going, Christmas music playing, and the meal was always very special and thought out.Those were my favorite Christmas meals, and alas,its been 9 years since our last one.I miss that horribly.
The best Christmas Dinner was the last one with my Father.Crown rack of Pork, we have it every Christmas.
The main ones that stand out in my mind were, ones I spent back home in Pine Top,Kentucky when I was young. All of the family would come to my Grandmother’s home and there would be tons of homemade foods.
My Grandmother would shuu everyone out of the kitchen but me and would tell me how to cook things. One stands out more than others, Mamaw told me to raise the lid on the boiling chicken to make sure there was plenty of broth or to add more liquid if needed,I raised the lid and poking up were the feet and head of the chicken!!! hahahaha
I am not a chef by far but I can cook ‘briar’ pretty damn good hahahaha.
(sighing) I miss those days.
Since you asked,I’ll tell you. It must have been 1955 or so. I was about 9 and living in Union City…5th street., in northern New Jersey. We lived in a three story apartment. Italian Grandparents downstairs…Aunt,Uncle & cousins, upstairs. I had 8 aunts and uncles on my mom’s side…and in true Italian fashion,they came for the all day feast. We started at about 12:00Pm and never left the dinner table ’til late into the evening. Kids at the kid’s table. Course after course….Soups…Lasagna or monicotti or ravioli(all lovingly made,homemade. Turkey,Ham, and all the trimmings. Homemade Italian bread and biscuits. Wines…Italian cakes,pastries(Struvila(spelling??) and so much more…and lots of talking and love…many courses reserved as the evening wore on…..It took us almost the whole year to recover. It wasn’t a meal…it was a marathon!
A couple of years after my divorce…kids turn to spend Christmas with Daddy, my parents went to my sister’s half way across the country. I was all alone, and more than a little blue.
My friend Rena showed up and drug me to her aunt and uncle’s for Christmas dinner.
I don’t remember what we ate, but it was one of the best Christmases ever.
Let’s all try to remember not only the financially less fortunate this Holiday Season, but the lonely people.
Can’t say. But I’ve never had a bad one.
The Best is yet to come. Chow Jim
Since you brought this up,, what was yours?
I dont have any one in particular that stood out to me.
Christmas, 1952. Korea. C Rations.
When I was about 8 or 10, we were living in Park Slope Brooklyn, mom made an english roast with yorkshire pudding, it was snowing and dark outside, the TV had on an old scrooge story in black and white and there was a little candle, a gold metal angel with 5 red candles that was turning on the table. The real tree had red multicolored lights, lots of Polish glass balls, shiny, and our toys, opened were scattered all over. All was cozy in that apartment that Christmas day dinner.
What was the BEST Christmas dinner you ever had? When eas that?….Where were you….and what do you remember most about the meal???
The BEST Christmas dinner you ever had..
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