The Christmas Tradition That Must Not Be Repeated

Several years ago, I thought it would be smart to find something to cook for breakfast that I could make in advance for Christmas morning. I wanted breakfast to be more than the regular fare, but also something that wouldn’t take a cook away from the gift-giving festivities. The solution? Porridge cooked overnight in the crockpot!

The recipe consisted of whole grains: pearl barely, oatmeal, wheat germ, and who knows what else. The concoction cooked on low in the crockpot all night, and by morning, the convenient, healthy, and inviting Christmas Porridge had become sticky, tasteless, inedible Christmas Gruel. I promised the kids I’d never serve it again. And so, the Christmas tradition that must not be repeated was born.

Here’s how it works. Each year on Christmas eve, the adults in the family take turns making something to eat (not necessarily a breakfast food). The only rule is we can’t make the dish again, even if we like it. Over the years we’ve had:

It’s my sister’s turn this year. She introduced us to stackersā€”chocolate wafers (like you eat with ice cream) layered with red and green colored cool whip. YUM!


New York 2009: Frank and Brian

We bought vegetables at theĀ farmer’s market that we visited earlier in the day, and Brian and I picked up the rest of goods Frank wanted to cook dinner for us. Either Frank or Brian will have to comment and leave the name of the chicken dish. It was light and good, though.

Since this was our last night, after dinner we headed to Times Square for some cheesecake at Junior’s. Holy cow was it good! I wish I had a piece right now.

Frank and Brian Work on the Chicken