Throwback Thursday. Holiday Meals.

Lauren is our hostess this Thanksgiving week and she chose a great topic – whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not. The idea of a holiday meal includes any holiday occasion your family celebrates. That covers a lot of ground.

To participate, head over to Lauren’s post, read the rules and join in. Lauren gives a little guidance to get the creative juices flowing:

This week’s prompt is: Holiday Meals.  

I really don’t know how my mum used to produce such wonderful Christmas dinners, for so many people because money was so tight but she really always came up trump’s.
It all started Christmas Eve when we all went shopping with mum…. We all regardless of age had stuff to carry home. Everything was got then it was home and busy in the kitchen…mince pies were made, veg prepped, turkey stuffed, gravey prepared. The Christmas pudding and cake were made weeks before yet always tasted as fresh as if they had been made the day before. As fast as my mum made mince pies my brothers pinched them!
We had a tiny kitchen and how we all got in there to help here was a miracle.
Mum’s old gas cooker was very temperamental and often blew up.. nothing worse than singed eyebrows thank goodness.
There were eight of us plus numerous waifs and strays! No one was ever turned away from our door.
I have always followed my mum’s tradions, her menus and her panicks.
Breakfast : scrambled eggs and salmon with buckfizz.
Turkey and Ham or Pork or occasionally Beef. Stuffing, sausage meat, roast parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, basted with honey.
Coliflower and Broccoli cheese, Brussel sprouts, peas and gravy, Yorkshire pudding, bread sauce and Cranberry sauce, apple sauce and horseradish sauce!
Christmas Pudding, Cheesecake as mice pies.

I have had Christmases with no heating, Mother in law most years even though she was not keen on me and everyone knew it. She made it clear she would rather be at her other son’s. Christmas when Hubby was ill, some when he was away. Christmas Dinner in Pubs and with relatives!

We had one Christmas in Spain but that was very odd . The two older boys were with us but we did miss the rest of the family. It’s absolutely wonderful now we have grandchildren they make Christmas so special.

I remember one year when I was about fourteen years old. Dad was washing up at our Belfast sink ( before they were fashionable) he put the plates on the draining board, we dried them and put them on the dresser behind him. What we didn’t realize was that he was lifting the clean dishes and washing them again 🤣🤣

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Nov 27, 2021 @ 17:58:05

    It’s wonderful to reminisce these occasions, isn’t it, Sis? 💜


  2. pensitivity101
    Nov 27, 2021 @ 17:59:13

    Memories of happy family Christmases too Willow. Mum and Dad’s house was a modest semi and one year Mum cooked for 15 so we had to do it in shifts. I cannot look at squirty cream without smiling now. I had my fair share of entertaining at Christmas too, but help in the kitchen was rare, and the one year I feigned crashing out in front of the fire in the hope someone would wash up backfired and I had dried on food to get rid of. Christmas now is just the two of us and how we like it.


  3. ivor20
    Nov 27, 2021 @ 21:47:27

    A great music/video by Annie Lennox .. thanks Willow


  4. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Nov 27, 2021 @ 22:18:08

    Not sure what is going on in WP . I commented earlier and it has disappeared. Thanks for joining in. I love remembering family times. Even when chaos happens, memories remain,


  5. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Nov 27, 2021 @ 22:45:55

    Willow, thanks for joining in. Memories are wonderful. Holiday memories are even more so.


  6. Mother Wintermoon
    Nov 28, 2021 @ 00:27:20

    Loved joining you on the journey to Christmases past. Merry Christmas to you. 💖


    • willowdot21
      Nov 28, 2021 @ 06:27:53

      Thank you funny how things seemed simpler then. It’s probably because I was not incharge ….the benefits of being a child, it’s all magic 💜💜 blessings to you at Christmas too💜


  7. Sadje
    Nov 28, 2021 @ 00:55:40

    The last incident was so funny.


  8. Dale
    Nov 28, 2021 @ 01:28:50

    What a lovely share, Willow. 🧡


  9. Maggie
    Nov 28, 2021 @ 15:36:41

    What lovely memories, Willow. I had to research ‘buckfizz’ – it sounds similar to a mimosa. It is nice to hear you carry on your family traditions – and I agree grandchildren make the celebrations even more special! Thank you for joining in and sharing your memories.


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