What I Ate on Christmas: Getting Figgy with It

Christmas day snack
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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.

Christmas breakfast casserole

Grandma's Bird's Nest CookiesLunch usually doesn’t happen.

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.

egg nog cookies and homemade Baileys by the fire collage

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.

Good luck trinket for figgy pudding

It is an elephant god astride a rooster.

Good luck trinket for figgy pudding

Whoever gets served a slice with the trinket hidden inside gets extra good luck for the new year.

figgy pudding mix collage

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.

Randy with Christmas cracker

There were little prizes and paper crowns inside the crackers. Fun!

Randy David Daniel Christmas dinner

Dinner was delicious: (half a) leg of lamb with mashed potatoes, balsamic-roasted shallots, Bourbon-glazed carrots (a hit in a previous year), and Brussels sprouts.

Christmas dinner lamb

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.

figgy pudding collage

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?)

Christmas figgy pudding with hard sauce

I served the figgy pudding with hard sauce. No one was served the slice with the trinket, so we’ll have to try again.

Christmas Eve cocktail

Merry Christmas!

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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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4 Responses to What I Ate on Christmas: Getting Figgy with It

  1. Carol Apple says:

    Looks like your family has some wonderful traditions. The figgy pudding sounds great. I’d love to try that next year. We also do the crackers and paper crowns every year – my sister-in-law always has Christmas dinner for 30 or 40 and the crackers are always on the table. A fun tradition. As for my own family, our traditions are changing with our diets. We are slowly developing dishes that both vegetarians and meat eaters all like. Roasted root veggies is becoming a favorite.

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