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With older teens at Christmas, the focus isn’t much on the presents anymore. It’s on relaxing together as a family, listening to Christmas music, and coming up with some special food I don’t serve during the rest of the year.
The breakfasts are always the same, though. I assemble an egg casserole, and it cooks while we’re opening our presents.
We did, though, make a batch of Grandma’s Bird’s Nest Cookies, some with raspberry and some with lemon.
I tried a few chocolate ones this year too.
Randy and I also had a delicious cocktail of homemade Baileys Irish Cream by the fire while the kids had eggnog. I made the cocktail with Jameson Irish Whiskey, cream, sweetened condensed milk, homemade chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and coffee. It tasted just like the real thing, but also somehow a little better since I mixed it up myself.
I had a special dinner planned, but first I had to get to work on the figgy pudding.
This was a lot of fun to make since there are old rituals connected with it. I needed a good luck trinket to bake into the pudding. I chose a lucky amulet I had picked up in Thailand.
It is an elephant god astride a rooster.
Whoever gets served a slice with the trinket hidden inside gets extra good luck for the new year.
Another ritual is to have everyone stir the pudding at least once for good luck. I interrupted my boys, who were gaming in the basement, so that they could take their turn. (I’m sure they appreciated it!) My husband was napping on the couch by that point, and I let him continue sleeping rather than take his good luck stir. (I’m sure he’s not too disappointed.)
I also picked up some Christmas crackers. Like Christmas figgy pudding, it’s an English tradition.
There were little prizes and paper crowns inside the crackers. Fun!
The figgy pudding steamed for two hours. Finally, it was time to serve it. I doused it with some brandy and tried to light it on fire.
Alas, it didn’t flame up like I envisioned, but if you look closely in the right-hand photo above, you may be able to spy a very tiny blue flame. On second thought, it is really tiny, and you probably can’t see it. (Can you see it here?)
I served the figgy pudding with hard sauce. No one was served the slice with the trinket, so we’ll have to try again.
What’s your favorite Christmas food or tradition?
Years of Christmas past:
- A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present
- What I Ate on Christmas: Rack of Lamb and an Almost-Souffle
- Grandma’s Bird’s Nest Cookies
- Oh, bring us a figgy pudding: We set a new caroling world record
- Goodnight Moon, Goodnight iPad
- 10 Favorite Ornaments
- What I Ate on Christmas: Filet Mignon, Carrots, and Souffle