Friday, December 17, 2010
Lemon Pie for Christmas
I'm hoping the family will also appreciate my effort to make the pierogis this year. I am not making my mother's kolache or the nut bread, though. It's funny how holiday dinners did not vary when I was growing up. We always had traditional Ukrainian foods for Christmas Eve and a traditional English Christmas Day and my mother cooked and baked for weeks. And, really, Christmas, with all that, did not come close to the pile of traditional foods that went with Easter.
Now Mike and I have seafood for Christmas Eve in the (sort of) Italian tradition. I make a Christmas brunch and then we usually have leftovers for supper. However, I think that I feel myself pulled by the old ways lately--how else to explain the pierogis?
I never thought I was very much of a traditionalist. I kind of pooh-poohed that for years and years. Now I find myself being nostalgic. At the same time, I am appreciating new traditions--like lemon pie at Christmas time.