Sunlit Water

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Personal — by teofilo @ 3:32 pm

I’m Jewish, but my family has generally celebrated Christmas in a low-key way with my dad’s (non-Jewish) family.  This year, though, they’re all away visiting other relatives, so we’re on our own.  Christmas is actually pretty pleasant if you don’t really celebrate it; my mom and I were just talking about how we don’t feel the kind of holiday stress that a lot of people do, because our obligations and expectations are so much smaller.  It’s a nice time of the year to not be Christian.  Hope everyone has a nice holiday, whether you celebrate it or not.



  1. As a Buddhist, my experience of Christmas is much the same. It has become somewhat like Thanksgiving–a not-specifically-religious holiday when we have a chance to eat good food and spend time with each other.

    Comment by My Alter Ego — December 25, 2006 @ 3:45 pm |Reply

  2. Us too. Secular humanists by way of Judaism who get together, sometimes with a Christmas tree. The holidays are wonderful.

    Comment by heebie-geebie — December 25, 2006 @ 6:49 pm |Reply

  3. My Christmas has been like that, too, and it’s been wonderful. One of my best Christmasses in years. We didn’t even exchange gifts this year and I don’t miss them at all. We steamed some crab legs instead of making a big Christmas dinner — yummier and so much easier. And I made these pumpkin bars, which people loved and were 10 times easier than making pies.

    Comment by Becks — December 25, 2006 @ 10:04 pm |Reply

  4. Those pumpkin bars look excellent. Did you really use a jelly roll pan? For things like this, I usually get lazy and use a 13×9 glass baking dish. Most recipes still turn out fine — only a few get too doughy in the middle from the added thickness.

    Comment by Witt — December 25, 2006 @ 10:20 pm |Reply

  5. I don’t know if it’s really a jelly roll pan but I used a lipped cookie sheet. I decided that next time I make them, instead of spreading the cream cheese frosting on (which I more than doubled) I’m going to put it in a pastry bag and make squiggles. It’s too hard to make cream cheese icing look pretty.

    Comment by Becks — December 26, 2006 @ 11:20 pm |Reply

  6. Oh! And I left out one egg and slightly reduced the baking powder and baking soda so they’d be more bar-like than cakey.

    Comment by Becks — December 26, 2006 @ 11:20 pm |Reply

  7. My mother is truly an amazing cook. She has made about 10 meals for large numbers of people over the last several days, each one really exceptionally tasty. It’s like spending several days at Chez Panisse.

    Comment by ac — December 27, 2006 @ 12:24 am |Reply

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