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Creating Options

Regular FPS readers know that I host a lavish, annual Christmas dinner for close friends at my home. I started the tradition about 10 years ago to insure that I’d have a place to go for the holidays. All the planning, prepping, cooking and even setting the table with red and green decorative touches gives me a sense of belonging during an otherwise fraught time of year. There’s no mistletoe here, but lots of options for hugs and kisses.

Chart by Matt Shirley


4 comments for “Creating Options”

  1. Petra says:

    You’ll have to let us all know the menu! I love that you enjoy the whole package–planning, table decor, everything! This sounds like a big, beautiful love and joy fest!

    • wendy says:

      Friends are bringing appetizers (though I’m roasting sweet & spicy almonds). First course is celery-celery root soup with horseradish cream. Main: Julia Child’s Beef Bourgignon and for dessert chocolate ganache cupcakes. Shopping is done. Tomorrow, I start cooking. Oh boy!

  2. Dee says:

    Wendy, I’m curious…how did you manage to start this wonderful tradition with friends? I always feel that Christmas Day is off limits with people as they have family obligations. Hope your dinner went well. Sounds yummy!

    • wendy says:

      It began with a group of my Jewish friends, who are similarly disoriented on Christmas, and don’t have the same kind of family obligations.

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