This year, due to work and personal business, we're not heading back east to spend Christmas with our families. So Christmas will just be my wife and I. As Christmas approached we decided that, rather than buying more stuff that we really don't need, we'd focus on enjoying each other.
I'm currently reading Carlo Petrini's Slow Food Nation, so I thought that it might be fun to celebrate our Christmas through food and our respective cultures (my wife heritage is Sikh through Winnipeg). We purchased most of the items at our local organic grocery, and I'm cooking most of it (other than our Christmas Eve menu).
Christmas Eve we're having Indian tapas: pakoras, somosas and grilled tofu in a spicy tomato sauce. I've chosen a sparkling wine that should work with this -- Segura Viudas Lavit Brut Rosado from Spain.
On Christmas morning I'm making scrambled eggs with truffle oil, roast potatoes with thyme and maple syrup, fresh sliced tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and spelt toast.
Christmas dinner will be roast turkey breast, roasted root vegetables (again probably with the fresh thyme and maple syrup), home made stuffing and cranberry sauce. The wine will be a 2001 Brunello di Montalcino, Croce di Mezzo.
Whoever you're spending the holidays with, I hope you take some time to stop, relax, eat and enjoy the company of whoever you're with. And that you and your family have a happy holiday.