Sunday, December 25, 2016
Menu Plan: The First Seven Days of Christmas
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath given rise to the light of knowledge in the world; for they that worshiped the stars did learn there from to worship thee, O Sun of justice, and to know that from the east of the Highest thou didst come O Lord, glory to thee.
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
This is the first day of Christmas, the day when the Eternal intersected with the temporal, when the One who created time entered it to reconcile us to Himself. The Incarnation is so important, and can be forgotten or misunderstood when we only see this as Jesus' birthday. He doesn't somehow turn 2000 some years today, and He didn't come to exist on that day 2000 years ago. He is. He was. He always will be. The Son, the second person of the Trinity has always existed, but He became Incarnate of the Virgin Mary in a specific place and time, and that is what we remember.
We will not be fasting at all for the next 12 days. I'll be making different cookies and cakes each day. This week is full of feasts and commemorations, including our 20th wedding anniversary. Since there was the possibility of us going to Paris in 2017, we kind of scrapped our original plan for our anniversary, which was to go to a resort our friend runs in Mexico. We still aren't sure what we're doing, though. There have been more low key years, and years where we planned big parties or trips, but this is the first time we just can't really decide. A few ideas have been floated, so we will try to get that figured out after today. For now, we worship in joy, we celebrate in hope.
Blessed feast! May the Light who entered the world enlighten your heart and mind the whole year! Glory to God in the highest!
- Sunday - Feast of the Nativity of Christ
Breakfast: Christmas Bread and Butter, Hard Boiled Eggs, Bacon, Pomegranates, Hot Chocolate and Coffee
Dinner: Standing Rib Roast of Beef, Horseradish Sauce, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans and Bacon, Goat Cheese and Herb Stuffed Potatoes, Salad, Sparkling Cider and Red Wine, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake, Candy Cane Ice Cream
- Monday - Feast of Saint Stephen
Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls, Bacon, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Leftovers, Eggnog, Christmas Cherry Nut Cake
- Tuesday - Feast of Saint John
Breakfast: French Toast with Leftover Eggnog and Christmas Bread, Oranges, Coffee and Milk
Dinner: Chinese Take Out, Leftover Cheesecake
- Wednesday - Feast of the Holy Innocents
Breakfast: Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, Oranges, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Mustard Baked Chicken, Creamed Spinach with Jalapenos, Pan Roasted Potatoes, Christmas Cookies
Breakfast: Sausage, Cheese and Egg Scramble, Home Fries, Fruit Plate, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Fresh Ham with Rosemary and Lemon, Steam Sauteed Carrots, Christmas Cookies (other dishes brought by guests)
- Friday - Feast of the Holy Family
Breakfast: Fried Ham and Red Eye Gravy, Biscuits, Fruit, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Greek Style Lamb Wraps, Simple Rice Pilaf, Middle Eastern Chopped Salad
Breakfast: Chorizo Breakfast Casserole, Fruit, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Wicked Shrimp, Garlic Pasta, Salad