Growing up, my dad had a big family. They were 15 brothers and sisters. We would meet on Christmas Eve to go to the Midnight Mass. After Mass we would spend gifts a good two hours opening gifts. All night, my aunts would be in the kitchen preparing the feast for my uncles, aunts, grandpa, cousins. We would set up two big tables and the adults enjoyed their food together in the big living room and we ate in the small living room with our cousins. Those were the good old days. My dad only has two brothers and two sisters still alive today. We don't see them often. One of my aunts is a nun and she is 87 years old. I do visit her in the summer but don't see her in the winter.
The food we indulged in was meat pies, called pâtés in Québec, mashed potatoes, meatballs in gravy, turkey, peas and macaroni. For dessert they baked pies and the most popular was sugar pie with ice cream.
The next day we would eat again because we would visit my mom's mother. My grandma would prepare a big salad to start the meal. Then she would serve us meat pies, mashed potatoes and meatballs with gravy. As you can see it was very popular back then.
During the Holidays what is the most important to me is to have all of my children around the table. We spend quality time together and this is very precious to me. They come home and trim the Christmas tree, we listen to Christmas music, we sing, play games, exchange gifts and eat. This is the best gift a mother can receive for Christmas.
Happy Holidays to all!
This month challenge for The Canadian Food Experience Project is ''A Canadian Christmas''. As participants we are sharing our collective stories from coast to coast through our regional food experiences on the 7th of each month.