Last year I posted a kind of dispairing message about being exhausted and broke after Christmas dinner. Many of you responded in a very caring way and suggested various ways to scale back and still provide a good dinner. I wanted to tell you all that I took your advice this year and it did work! I actually was able to sit down and enjoy my guests and actually be awake! Plus - the clean up was way easier!
The new, scaled down, and improved menu was - simple snacks served with wine brought by guests to have while exchanging gifts. The first actual, at the table, course was carrot soup and bakery bread. Next, salad of greens and grapefruit with honey dressing. Then prime rib (from Acme at 1/3 the cost of from the butcher), glazed salmon brought by my ex-husband and his wife, Jack Daniels sweet potatoes brought by soon to be son-in-law's parents, roasted potatoes and turnips, string beans with chestnuts and shallots. Dessert was Irish Cream cheesecake and cookies. All wine was supplied by guests. All the vegatables were grown by my daughter and her fiance. My cooking was paced - I made the soup and cheesecake and did a lot of prep the day before. The whole dinner cost much less in time , money and energy than last year and I actually enjoyed it. So - thanks everyone for all your good advice from last year. I did take it to heart!
I hope everyone had a lovely day.