Christmas, to me, is about traditions. It’s about reliving old ones, making new ones and most of all, spending time with my beautiful family. There is something so comforting about doing the same thing year in, year out, that no matter what has happened thoroughout the year, we still have Christmas, and with it all it’s traditions. I’m so excited that Woolworths have asked me to share some of my Christmas stories with you, along with some of their recipes that you can use this Christmas.
One of my favourite Christmas stories that Mum has told me through the years was the one in 1976, when they were broke. Just before they got pregnant (again – with me) good one Mum and Dad! Dad had been working hard and with two small kids aged 4 and 2 they had no extra money for Christmas. My Grandparents were coming to visit their tiny apartment from the country and my 24 year old Mum was in a state about what she was going to do. Christmas Eve came around and Dad was given $300 as a Christmas bonus. Mum was BESIDE herself – Christmas could happen! She hot footed it to Woolworths at Castle Hill where she spent some of the money on food for Christmas Day – nuts and dried fruits, a ham and with some leftover money for her in-laws’ present, there she spotted at the back of the store…a banana lounge! You know the woven plastic ones? She was SO proud to be able to give it to them as their present. I love seeing her tell the story and relive the excitement of being able to shop…with money!
Christmas for my Mum is a bit different these days. She is THE most generous hostess and wonderful cook and has taught me absolutely everything I know about entertaining. Grandma’s house is filled with her beautiful collection of blue and white china and objects and Christmas brings together her love of entertaining in a beautiful setting.
Christmas entrée for both my Mum and I is about prawns – they feature just about every year. The colour and the treat that seafood is makes it the perfect special entree for Christmas lunch. The Woolworths Christmas website has loads of different recipes to provide you with food inspiration during the Christmas season including this amazing prawn & mango salad. It’s dead easy, takes no time to prepare and tastes delicious.
How delicious does that look? It’s an ode to the abundance of 1976 – served with lashings of love!