Christmas Week – No Winter

Christmas Week – No Winter

Galena Main Street usually covered with snow by now.
Galena Main Street usually covered with snow by now.
I met an Australian family in the elevator of a mall in Chicago on Christmas Eve as we were all frantically shopping the sales.

They were so disappointed that there was no snow! In a way, so are we, but the mild temperatures and lack of precipitation makes traveling during the holiday so much easier…

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The week ends with more feasting, as Friday is “leftovers day.” The Christmas feast usually includes turkey and “trimmings.” The trimmings change from family to family but in ours include sweet potatoes (yams), green beans, oyster stuffing, cranberry cornbread, cranberry compote, heaps of white mashed potatoes, lots of turkey gravy and my favorite, rutabaga!

The feast ends with lots of different pies: pumpkin is traditional but in my family the younger generation loves apple, raisin, pecan and cranberry/walnut as well.

Then, when everyone is totally stuffed, out come the holiday cookies!

So the weekend is spent sleeping off the feasts!