The Art of Christmas

To me as I’m sure it is to many of you, the Art of making Christmas is all about being thankful, family, tradition, oh and also about food!

We didn’t have a specific Christmas dinner menu while I was growing up; sometimes it would be turkey, sometimes ham, or maybe even a roast, what was important was that we’d get together with the family and wherever that was, we knew there’d be good food and lots of family fun! It didn’t even matter if it was on Christmas, it was whenever around that time that we could all be together.

This year we ended up going to a restaurant to make things easier for my mom, as we just lost my step dad last month. Was this different? Yes. Did we have fun? Yes! All that mattered was that we all got together.

This photo opp may well not have been as my son was deployed over last Christmas and my dad was facing a very difficult surgery and his 3rd battle with cancer. I get tears of thankfulness just looking at this picture.

To see my dad like this today, after what he went through this past year, is nothing short of a miracle that we thank God for.

and to the same God we send prayers of comfort for my mom and her recent loss.

One thing about the holidays that we all experience to some extent is the hustle and bustle of preparations.

My husband’s side of the family observes a very strict adherence to a traditional Christmas Dinner. The recipes have been handed down and even though I’m not Italian, I do love to cook so I enjoy the process of creating the family dinner.

It starts days before Christmas with my own addition of Tiramisu being our desert of choice.

Then the making of raviolis

Followed by the making of the ‘Gravy’ as they call it. It is is pasta sauce that has 4 kinds of meat, pork, Italian sausage, Bracciola (thin sliced steak rolled up with garlic, Italian cheese and parsley) and meat balls simmering in it all day. I wish I could send the smell of it in this post!

Bracciola ready to be cooked!

So for us Christmas dinner (and a host of other cookie and candy making) is all done and ready to be enjoyed tomorrow. We are staying home this year and very much looking forward to a Merry Little Christmas with our family.

PS Sometimes you need a little shot of Starbucks to get you through that hustle and bustle;-)

Merry Christmas to you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your encouragement this past year!



16 responses

  1. Thank you for sharing your story Pam. I am sorry for your loss also.
    This Christmas was very odd to me, it didn’t feel like it at all and I am a Christian also. My Dad passed away four years ago from cancer and my mom is still alive. I just had a son come back from Iraq and I will see him in a week because he is married and lives in another state. I have another son I could not see because he is in another state and non of us had the money for plane flights. So, I enjoyed my three children that were home with me and my wonderful husband.
    Happy New Year Pam.
    I hope to join you in some of your art this 2012 and am waiting eagerly for your art products.:)

  2. Thank you for sharing your Christmas with us! And thank God for bringing your son home safely and seeing your father through a difficult year! And my condolences to your mother for her/your family’s loss also. I think the Holidays bring to mind how sacred and special life truly is, as your family has witnessed this year.

    I remember my son’s first Christmas home after serving in Iraq. Please thank your son for his service and let him know that he and all the troops are forever in my heart and prayers.

    Here’s to wonderful new beginnings and blessings in 2012!

  3. Very fortunate, indeed, for your Dad to be here,and how fortunate for him to have his loving family. I know you appreciate him,it shows. I lost my Dad+ it is difficult every year. I can look back now and just remember the good times without being so sad:) you have your son too:) that one really tugs at my heart. Sons are so special, are they not? Thanks so much for sharing. I love your work. I’ve learned a lot from your videos and I appreciate the way you do business. Merry Christmas and more blessings in the New Year:)

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours Pam. Just think a year ago today we were all so looking forward to that wonderful art retreat in Paris. One of the highlights of the past twelve months for me!

  5. I am so sorry to hear of your step-dad’s passing. Somehow I missed you mentioning it. So glad to see your dad looking so well. My condolences to your mom (and the rest of the family) on her loss.
    Merry Christmas, and may 2012 be your best year ever!!

  6. Pam… thank you for sharing a peek into your holiday with your family. So much touches my hear. You’re so lucky to still have both of your parents to celebrate with!

    Now! would you, could you, pretty please, share the recipe for the pasta sauce??? sounds like something I’d like to do next year. We made Chicken Cor donBleu for our celebration yesterday. What a hoot, teach my granddaughter how to tenderize/pound chicken.

    Thanks again for sharing, my deepest holiday blessings for your holiday,

  7. Pam, I so enjoyed your Christmas notes and pictures with your family. Italian cooking is loved at our home. I was introduced to the real stuff by a beloved former neighbor of mine Mary Parrino (nana). She taught me so much and we had fun exchanging italian and american food back and forth on our street. We would pull stuff in our red wagon to her and she would show up with homemade pizza. Love and miss her but her memory is still strong and will always be with us. Your post brought all these lovely memories back to us. Thanks so much. I can tell you will have these wonderful memories also. Just love your art. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  8. what a wonderful post. loved seeing your photos. nothing like spending time with family. it’s all about love, isn’t it. have a very merry christmas and enjoy the love that surrounds you.

  9. Very emotional post Pam, thank you for sharing such tender and intimate details.
    May you and your family be blessed with joy and happiness through out the holiday season.

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