Posted by Joke at 11:46 AM
BabelBabe posted at 2:29 PM, December 17, 2007
so you spent last Christmas Eve in the ER, hyperventilating, yes? : )
we go to the 430 CE service, so as to accommodate H's mom, who caters tot he catholics who go to six pm mass. If we went to (my) traditional 7pm service, no one would eat anything while it was hot. Which brings me to my next thought - the seven fishes. Will someone pls inform my MIL that tuna salad is NOT acceptable? How about some yummy smoked salmon, or even maybe some toasts with caviar? Hmmm? But Noooooooo...we get canned crab meat dumped on a block of cream cheese (1)cut up English muffins with some sort of bizarre seafood spread (don't ask, they are gross - 2), tuna salad (3), baccala and potatoes (4), linguini with clam sauce (inedible but still...(5), fried smelts (generally cold - 6), shrimp cocktail (the only really good thing there (7). Sometimes she sneaks in some other sort of fish - cooked-to-death salmon fillet, or crabcakes. I ALWAYS eat before we head over there, and drink copiously (when possible).
Kim posted at 6:29 AM, December 18, 2007
BabBab - I'm never coming to your place for Christmas
J - this is priceless:
Last year, incidentally, Midnight Mass was a fiasco. Normally, it's a properly yells-bells-and-smells affair, all grand and solemn and Latin and formal, but last year, for reasons which have yet to be adequately explained, the whole matter went in a sort of bongos-tambourines-kumbaya with the priest singing the Gospel reading with an acoustic guitar.
and can we come to your place on Boxing Day? (BTW - this year I have shifted seeing my dad to before Christmas so our Boxing Day can be in the same vein as yours) (and a question of logistics - how many do you invite over on Boxing Day?)
Joke posted at 4:33 PM, December 18, 2007
In the old days, before the Italian side was given the shortest of shrifts, the seven fish were (more or less, there used to be annual changes):
1- Fried calamari
2- Salt cod croquettes
3, 4, 5- Cacciuco (Italian bouillabaise, with shrimp, scallops and mussels)
6- Linguine with white clam sauce
7- Whole roast red snapper
Dessert was ALWAYS a pannetone bread pudding and Italian nougats.
Tuna salad is NOT an option. Tell your MiL that her stay in Purgatory will be lengthened because people who've had such inflicted upon them will not be inclined to pray for her. (They may be disinclined for other reasons, but this is surely as good a reason as any.)
Oh, and I figure that having ONLY people we like around for Boxing Day is a well-deserved sliver of joy at Christmas.
YetAgainJen posted at 7:41 PM, December 18, 2007
Yay for the Cuban porkroast! We have it every year for Christmas, served with latkes.
Joke posted at 10:49 PM, December 18, 2007
For the full ecumenical effect, try making yuca latkes.
bluemountainsmary posted at 11:54 PM, December 18, 2007
Priest + guitar - the results are never pretty. Or inspiring.