Still, a meal of sides doesn't seem all that special for a holiday tradition. Imagine the college essay:
1. Describe a holiday tradition.
We serve the stuffing on our Normal Rockwell plate, the turkey painted there whited out and a plate of lima beans drawn in, of course. Then we pass around the cranberry sauce and note how moist it is. Next we share the gluten-free rolls, discs really, and muse about the dental work we will require after the holidays. There's no butter, but we dip them into the mushroom gravy that we make just for that purpose. It's a jolly old time.Depressing. And not at all inventive. We are a far more creative people than that.
So this year we have decided that each member of the family gets to choose one dish, any dish, that they want to see appear on the Christmas table, which we will then sprinkle with a few traditional sides -- like cranberry sauce and sweet potato mash with brown sugar and pecans.
Here is the list of each person's request:
Mamma: A vegan version of Chilean Pastel de Choclo
Pappa: Portobello enchiladas with mole sauce
Eldest: Something Native American to be researched at the library later today****
Middle: My veggie loaf, made with falafel mix
Youngest: Tofu and veggie Pad Thai and a salad (yes, she got two choices, but that's because she wants salad with everything and we thought it cruel to make that her only choice)
For dessert, we are pondering some sort of pie, perhaps my Peanut Butter Cup Pie, and some gluten-free sugar cookies.
I'll let you know how it goes. And if anyone revolts. And is Santa decides to skip out house due to our dietary choices.
***Later, I asked her what she misses about ham and she responded, "That we eat it at Grama's house" -- so there you have it).
****The eldest has since decided to go straight to the real India -- her new request is curried lentils.