We don’t do Christmas every year, but when we do, we go big.
Nic’s parents and younger brother would be coming to ours, meaning that we were hosting dinner – and I couldn’t imagine making a big beautiful meal to share with just our small family – especially as I knew there are people nearby without family.
So I wrote a post on the two local buy/swap/sell pages on Facebook.
The two posts reached a combined 2K+ Likes and over 200 comments. The Daily Mail wrote a story, and Affirmations Publishing House contributed gifts for all our guests. People started pitching in cash, dish-ware, seating, and decorations. Then Suzy Spoons Vegetarian Butcher contributed three in-demand nut roasts.
This was the Christmas spirit alive – giving, caring, sharing, community. In the end we had 17 join us from Brazil, Russia, China, Canada, France, and Australia. It was a magical night of feasting and new friendships under a full moon (the first to rise on Christmas since 1973).
Susan Arney shared how amazing it was that everyone was so welcoming of one another and Vic commented that
“It felt just like any normal extended family Christmas Day get together…just like it would with relatives you haven’t seen for a while. Before you know it you’re sharing food, telling bad cracker jokes and playing silly card games together. The difference was we’d never met each other before.”
So, what did we serve? I let our guests know that we would be serving veggie but they didn’t know I’d actually be serving a complete vegan meal. There were many mmm’s and moments of delight tasting the rich array of dishes with produce from our organic farmers markets.
We had mushroom rolls and vegan gravy from Jamie Oliver and for sides – market corn on the cob, roast potatoes, roast coconut sweet potatoes, and a whole roasted cauliflower from my Green Kitchen Travels cookbook.
We had a poached green veggie salad with spicy nuts, a holiday quinoa salad with cranberry, walnut, and orange dressing, a cucumber, tomato, and basil salad from Susan’s garden, and a balsamic roasted Brussel sprout, carrot, and beet salad with cranberry and parsley. Whew!
And the highlight, was the main – Suzy Spoon’s nut roasts. There was plenty of food and full bellies afterwards. Thrilled that the meal was enjoyed so!
Following dinner came dessert brought by all the guests – sticky date pudding, cherry muffins, black forest cake, Christmas pudding, and mince pies, and then games into the night. Everyone seemed to have a grand time and enjoyed the inspirational gifts from Affirmations. Big smiles and warm hearts – Happy Christmas all! xx Rk