I wouldn't be caught dead in the stores on Boxing Day.
I prefer something a little more relaxed. Something like having 28 people over for a little food and fun. We have a traditional Boxing Day open house where the food flows all day and evening and everyone is welcome.
Now previous to this year I would have a lot of time to organize everything as I was at home. Not this year. Working full time really changes the way you do things.
I have to admit there wasn't a home made cookie in the house. Not a single one. But don't feel too bad for us because there was plenty on the tables.
The house was full of friends and family. They brought such lovely wines and elegant chocolates. Candles, cookies and dark rich coffee too. Oh yes and a lovely bottle of brandy to get me through a certain set of circumstances coming up soon. Lol. I will tell you all about that at a later date.
We ate and we ate:
a big spiral cut ham
chicken wings (2 types)
appetizer meat balls in a yummy sauce (Note to self - big hit and one of the only homemade items. Double the amount next year)
cheese platter with goat cheeses, brie, havarti, edam, cheddar, marinated bocconcini.
jalepeno artichoke dip
black olive tapenade
green olive and almond tapenade
assortment of Italian salamis
chocolate filled wafer cookies
caramel filled rice krispy squares (oh ya you can't imagine how good these are - thanks Maryanne)
So much food that I forgot to put out the sausage rolls and the guacamole. I don't think anyone noticed. Do you ever do that? Forget something in the fridge or cupboard because there is twice as much food as you need out there already.
People came and went throughout the day and we just had a lovely time catching up. Lots of designated drivers. Lots of leftovers too. Lucky me. Boxing Day is a statutory holiday in Canada so because it fell on the weekend this year we also have today off work. Score. I won't have to cook for a week and that is good because I have a few dishes to do still.
Wish you all could have been here.