My favorite Christmas tradition is truly a southern one. I don’t know about you, but I have always found the idea of eating similar cuisine for Christmas as we just enjoyed for Thanksgiving a bit excessive. Okay, except for the pie! I will always eat another slice of sweet homemade pie baked by my even sweeter grandmother Elaine.
One year, I convinced my family to ditch our traditional meal and instead assemble a seafood Christmas. I did not have to try too hard though – I mean, ‘tis the season for oysters, am I right? While the main course was being prepared, we mingled over delicious appetizers consisting of Carolina Caviar and Cajun crab dip. We sipped our spicy Bloody Mary’s in honor of my Papa which we garnished with crispy bacon, green olives, and pickled okra. We roasted the blue crabs and oysters freshly caught from the inlet. We concocted the classic low country boil overflowing with juicy shrimp, red potatoes, sweet onions, buttery corn, spicy smoked sausage, and plenty of Old Bay. We gathered around our big wooden porch table as we laughed and merrily ate our not-so-traditional seafood Christmas dinner finished off with some of that good ol’ made-from-scratch pecan pie.
Now that I have your mouth watering and your holiday senses tingling, go make yourself a Poinsettia Mimosa (champagne and cranberry juice) and unwind as you read our December Sasee issue bursting with family traditions, amusing stories, and beautiful holiday décor.
Merry Christmas and Happy New year,