Yesterday, I had my family’s Christmas gathering. We never get together on the actual holiday – too many in-laws are
psycho adamant about having the holiday on the holiday and my parents don’t care. They just want us to get together.
With five kids and their spouses/families – it makes getting together tough sometimes. Most years it gets into January before we’re all free to get together for a “Christmas” dinner. But luck shined on the Sonnek clan this year and we got together mere days before Christmas!
The only issue is navigating the culinary no man’s land that is our potluck dinner. The dinner typically consists of:
- Sour cream potatoes
- Cheesy scalloped potatoes
- Some Cool-Whip and pudding-based “salad”
- Dinner rolls
- The cranberry sauce that retains the shape of the can
Now that doesn’t sound too bad. However, I failed to mention the pre-dinner buffet of hors d’ovures: sausage/cheese wontons, shrimp cocktail, and my normal contribution of crudités (fresh veggies, pickles, and olives).
Then there’s dessert: chocolate cake, angel food cake, three different types of pie, cheesecake, a plethora of Christmas cookies, and other assorted sweet nibbles.
Then the giant box of these:
Bite-sized cream puffs? OH LAWD NO.
My drunken inner frat boy LOVES these things. And I ate some. Just not as many as I *wanted* to. I was also pretty restrained with the dinner and dessert portion of dinner. I didn’t take all the potatoes I wanted, I skipped the bread and the sugar salad, and I only had cake for dessert.
The best part about dinner yesterday was that my sister was also trying not to EAT ALL THE THINGS. That made it easier to not be bullied into being a Christmas pig*.
Since my family’s Christmas is over with and we don’t go to New York for my husband’s family Christmas, plus we purposefully have no plans for New Year’s Eve** this year, I’ve dodged the Christmas holiday bullets pretty successfully this year! GO ME! 😀
I’m now going to trek out to the grocery store (OH LAWD SAVE ME FROM KILLING EVERYONE) to pick up some healthy options for food for the rest of the week and will not leave the house until sometime on the 26th or 27th.
How are you coping with this year’s holiday assault of all the foods and drinks? Any successes to share? Failures to cry about? I’d love to hear them!
* Don’t get me started on that one. No wonder I struggle with my weight.
** I’m also running a 5k New Year’s Day, which is why I’m not partying at all NYE. I’m insane enough to do this in a Minnesota winter, I don’t need the added burden of being even slightly hungover on top of it.