First, remember, that if is NOT all about the food. Sure, most people come over expecting outstanding delicious dishes but that doesn't meal expensive and intricate. Just different. Decorate a table with color placemats, pinecones tied with gold ribbon, and light candles/turn down the lights. For food, keep it simple. How about ... ...
- a canned ham, heated with pineapple and maple syrup, OR a lentil and ham soup
- fresh baked bread, with a dipping "sauce" of olive oil with herbs de provence
- sweet potatoes, sliced, baked, and topped with "butter"
- green salad
- dessert of dates, apples, pears and other fresh and dried fruits with cheese and special crackers
Third, if you plan to exchange gifts, put a dollar limit on them. This is a rough year for most people. Hubby and I aren't even exchanging gifts at all this year. We put a few dollars away each payday for Son but the adults in our family really aren't getting anything - a basket of bread mixes, a box of special coffees and assorted tea bags. Son made pictures for a few family people.
Enjoy this time of year. Don't stress - BELIEVE that life is not only worth living, but worth enjoying!