It’s been far too long since my last post, and I apologize for that, dear readers. On December 17, we left Paris for the United States to spend Christmas in South Carolina, a trip I’ve nicknamed a “Fried Green Christmas” in homage to my mother‘s Southern cuisine. Since arriving last Saturday, we’ve decorated the Christmas tree and put up Christmas lights, we’ve visited family and friends in Columbia (spending an hour driving through a Christmas-light installation in a 400-acre park), we’ve spent a jam-packed 24 hours with my parents sightseeing in almost-tropical Charleston, surrounded by Christmas lights in palmetto trees, and we’ve finally finished up our Christmas shopping and gift wrapping.
Today, we’ll be joined by my aunt and uncle for Christmas dinner. There will be 6 of us at the table, but only 4 carnivores. Nevertheless, my mother has cooked a 7-lb. Christmas ham (you know, the one decorated with pineapple rings, maraschino cherries, and cloves), and 3 … yes, count ’em … 3 small chickens! That, along with the best carrot cake I’ve ever tasted, means we’re well on our way to packing on a few pounds before those New Year’s resolutions next weekend!
Our contribution today, aside from eating my mom’s Christmas feast, is to make a Galette des Rois. (Pictures will follow!) Usually made during the Season of Epiphany to celebrate the Three Kings’ visit to the Baby Jesus, we’re making it for Christmas because we won’t be here on January 6. Puff pastry, powdered almonds, eggs, sugar, and butter … now, what was I saying our our waistlines?
In a few minutes, it’s off to the living room to open gifts under the Christmas tree. Until next time, dear readers, I’ll leave you with this: my favorite Christmas carol, incidentally written by Noël Regney, a Frenchman who immigrated to the United States after the Second World War …
Merry Christmas, everyone ! Joyeux Noël à toutes et à tous !
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