Never do anything this year that you're not willing to continue forever and ever and ever. And ever.Our work Christmas Party is a case in point. It's tonight. Five or six years ago I volunteered to host it at our Peaceful Home, and six years later...you guessed it...it's still here. So this'll be a quick post, coz I'm rather busy.
I need to remember to bake the Pumpkin Gratin with Walnuts and Sour Cream for our Finance Officer. It's the only time she and her daughters eat pumpkin all year, and she loves it. Another staff member would kill if I forgot the Garlic Prawns grilled with Lashings of Chilli. I love the Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce. Apparently it just wouldn't be Christmas without the Cheese and Spinach Dip and the Antipasto platter. Then I mustn't forget the Spiced Macadamias. They're our Admin Assistant's favourite. Imagine if one year I omitted the shortbread? Anarchy would prevail. Each year we must have bonbons and Kris Kringle gifts and Christmas music. And lots of chocolate. And champagne. But not too much. One must keep oneself nice at a work function, y'know.
I've managed to keep some things under control. Each year we have a different Christmas themed dessert. Plum Pudd with Brandy Sauce and lashings of Cream this year and big bowls of raspberries. We're barbequing steaks in a festive ginger marinade. That entered the tradition last year and will make its second appearance tonight. We'll bake potatoes in their jackets in the coals, and eat them with the pumpkin and the asparagus and some guacamole and a green salad. Sounds nice eh? I've thought carefully about their potential for creating a new tradition, and I think I can cope if they enter the realms of the unchangeable for ever and ever and ever.
And now I need to go cook. That's the other thing that never changes - by the time my guests arrive I'm ready to creep off to bed. That's become a tradition as well.
Ho Ho Ho