As the holiday season approaches I have been thinking about our family traditions and how they have changed and evolved. Getting everyone together for Thanksgiving
and Christmas is getting harder and harder. Our Christmas day mass gathering has moved to Christmas Eve so that all the kids can enjoy their new goodies all day long and not be whisked off to Nana's house. With stores staying open on Thanksgiving day the
older grandkids had to work last year. But there is one event that everyone attends and that is Birthday dinner night!
When our children were young we started birthday dinner.
On your birthday you got to choose the menu - we often had some very interesting meals, like spaghetti with ice cream jello, but it was all good because it was a special
day and memories were made.
As our children grew into adults and started their own family traditions it became increasingly difficult to do "birthday dinner" for everyone. With grown children,
their spouses and 12 grandchildren between them, that is a lot of birthday dinners.
A few years ago we started the group birthday dinner - 3 or 4 times a year we all gather for a mass celebration. Anyone with a birthday in that time frame gets to
pick their favorites. Tonight is birthday dinner and as usual the menu is huge and varied - one thing for certain is that our family lacks vegetarians and is heavy on the carboholics.
On the menu for tonight for our birthday peeps.
Shrimp and Scallops
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Mac & Cheese - the blue box variety
Spaghetti and meatballs with Focaccia
Beef Tenderloin roast and a green salad with Ranch
We set the table as if it were Thanksgiving or Christmas and break out the 'good' glasses - which the kids absolutely love.
Let the party begin!
The dishes are done and the kids have headed home.
The food came out of the kitchen in waves and was consumed in waves.
The kids loved the buffet and I over heard many compliments not the least of which was....
"This is better than Home Town Buffet!"
Gosh, I hope so....
"Where are the ribs?"
"Sarah, there are no ribs tonight."
"It isn't your birthday honey and nobody else ordered ribs"
"Why not? Nana's ribs are great.... my cousins need to learn to order ribs."
"Papa, can you help us get a cow?"
"A cow? Why do you need a cow?"
"Cause Nana said we drink so much milk we need to get a cow."
And the best thing I heard tonight .....
"Thanks, Mom and Dad"
"I love you Nana and Papa."
Another Birthday dinner under our belts - until next time.