What are you cooking for the holidays? Some family-friendly menu ideas and recipes

I spent two days planning menus for the two holiday weeks and spent four hours at three grocery stores getting all the ingredients so I didn’t have to go anywhere during the holidays. I wanted to share with you some of my menu plans hoping they might help you fill in your calendar.  I am including links to all but two recipes.

Sunday- Quick Chicken and Dumplings – This turned out so well and the kids just loved it. Great cold-weather meal and I’m sure you could double the whole recipe for a crowd. I think next time I will make more dumplings. The kids loved them. Also a great way to get some veggies in them.

Monday Flat iron steaks with wine sauce – Used flat-iron steaks, which are very inexpensive yet tender. Cooked very quickly and the sauce was fast and lovely. Served with mashed potatoes and salad and everybody was happy.

Tuesday – I am too cheap to buy a real Honeybaked Ham but I do like this Copycat glazed ham recipe. It’s clearly not exactly the same but it does make a really nice glazed ham. Check grocery store ads for cheapest price on a spiral sliced ham. We’ll also use this for lunches this week.

Wednesday – Since we planned a trip to the mountains I wasn’t sure if we would be back in time for dinner. So I’ve made up this super easy chili that I can reheat if we’re home in time for dinner. The kids don’t like chili so I will do spaghetti for them. (My new favorite brand is Barilla Plus. It has added protein and fiber so I know they are getting protein even if they don’t eat a meat that night.) The adults can eat the chili Cincinnati-style.

The recipe came from Cooking Light so many years ago I can’t find it on their web site. But here is the gist.

1 lb. ground beef, 2 cups water, 1.5 cups frozen corn, 1 cup salsa, 2 tbs. chili powder, 1 tbs. sugar, 1.5 tps. Cumin, 1.5 tsp. dried oregano, ¼ tsp. salt, 1-16 oz. can of chili beans undrained, 1-14 oz. diced no salt tomatoes

Brown your ground meet, add in all the other ingredients, bring to a boil and let simmer for a bout 30 mins and you’re done! It couldn’t be easier and not too spicy. Just right.

Thursday – This night will probably be the ham that I made the other day. I thought I would serve a baked ziti with meatballs that I made earlier in the day but I’m not sure I will get it done. So the baked ziti could move to Friday night.

FridayBaked Ziti with Meatballs from Giada de Laurentiis. You need a very deep casserole for this dish. It turns out very bubbly and drippy. It has several cheeses in it. Everyone loves it and I’ve used it for Christmas Eve the last several years. I can make it advance and then reheat after church. Add in some French bread and a side salad and you’ve got a lovely warm meal.

Saturday – Christmas Day my husband wants duck. So I am making Tyler Florence’s Chinatown Steamed and Roasted duck. I am trying to remember if I made it once or just loved the recipe after watching him make it on TV and added it to my arsenal. We’ll see if I can make it turn out like his. Still deciding on what to serve with the duck but have bunches of sides at home to choose from.

I am still debating what I am doing for Christmas breakfast. I have a lovely Grits casserole with sausage, eggs and cheddar cheese. So fatty but so yummy. ( I don’t use the hot sausage just the mild.) But my kids don’t like it. So I am also considering baking a French toast for them. I am still thinking on this.

Sunday – I was going to do Emeril’s cocktail meatballs (I took the heat out for the kids to eat.) and homemade mac and cheese for football but now I am thinking this recipe for posole – a  New Mexican pork stew with hominy (you know – our grits – actually big grits.) I can’t find the recipe online but it’s in the Everyday Food Fresh Flavor Fast cookbook on page 105. I picked my copy up at the library. The kids probably won’t eat the posole but I am going to take the pork meat and cook some up for them to use in tortillas.

So I have some option plays depending on what the family feels like eating and what I feel up to cooking. I am planning to post some baking with kids as well as crafts with kids ideas on Thursday – maybe Friday but hopefully Thursday.

So what are you making through the holidays? Share a link to the recipe if you have one!

(We will have a second topic up at noon today. So check back then.)

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Cynthia M

December 22nd, 2010
4:32 am

Thanks for the recipes, I plan on making several of them. I did notice that the recipe did not have the amount of grits listed. Any idea how many cups of cooked grits it calls for? Thanks!

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justmy2cents

December 22nd, 2010
6:55 am

My Xmas morning go to breakfast is Alton Brown’s overnight cinnamon rolls. Yep, they are a bit of work, but they are absolutely delicious. You can find the recipe on foodnetwork.com

madmommy

December 22nd, 2010
7:11 am

T, WOW, you really like to get your cooking on. I love to cook, but sadly with there only being three of us in the home and none of us are really big eaters on top of it. I do try to cook things and store them in the freezer to use as needed like homemade chicken nuggets, pasta sauces, soup and chili.

This year the same as every year we are having “Feliz nava da” (spelling) where we have taco’s, chips and salsa with beer and margarita’s. By this time of the year I am so sick of rich heavy foods that I am ready for something different by Christmas, then we have a ton of leftovers for the next day. Christmas morning I am either going to make sticky buns (not too tough, plus the little one can help) or bacon egg and cheese sandwiches which everyone will eat. I try not to make things everyone won’t eat unless someone comes over to help me eat. haha

Tip for your posole, cook your pork in a slow cooker after you lightly brown on all sides in the same spices used in the soup (including the veggies). This way you can make all sorts of things in addition to the soup pretty much from one cooking session.

Happy Cooking everyone!

Kathy

December 22nd, 2010
7:19 am

I just gained 10 pounds reading that.

Sk8ing Momma

December 22nd, 2010
7:30 am

Here are some things I’ll make over the next 2 weeks:

1. Waffle House copycat waffle recipe for breakfast…YUM!!!
2. Chili
3. Tortilla chicken soup/buffalo chicken soup
4. Fish tacos
5. A big ol’ pot of seafood gumbo…a family tradition

Thankfully, I don’t have to cook everyday…We always have leftovers. :) With regard to Christmas dinner, we do a family pot luck. I LOVE It! This year I’m taking:

1. red beans & rice
2. red velvet cake
3. stuffed chickens from The Cajun Meat Co. (YUM!!)

Happy cooking/eating!

With regard to Christmas &

RJ

December 22nd, 2010
7:55 am

Paula Deen’s “Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding” that stuff is gooooood!

Patti LaBelle’s “Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese” again, good stuff. She uses 5 different cheeses and real butter. Yum!

A couple of cheese cakes and that’s it.

Dinner is at a family members house this year so I won’t have to have all of this food at my house. I won’t indulge too much, I just love getting the compliments on how good it is:)!

Have a blessed Christmas holiday!

mom of 3

December 22nd, 2010
8:04 am

Starting all my baking today for the weekend family get-togethers. Love every spoonful of sugar, tablespoon of butter, real cream, chocolate, cream cheese and love that goes into every recipe. Already have a personal trainer lined up for January. So going to enjoy every calorie the next 2 weeks and then enjoy sweating them off when the new year starts.
Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays to all.

motherjanegoose

December 22nd, 2010
8:12 am

Not much different about cooking here during the week up to and after Christmas except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My daughter has designed the Christmas menu and we plan to shop today. I am thrilled she has taken such an interest in cooking. She love to try new things. We had fresh brussels sprouts with a blackberry reduction sauce that included a hint of vanilla for Thanksgiving. They were actually good, while I know many here would wrinkle their noses. I would eat them again as I enjoyed her creativity …she concocted the recipe herself.

I did not particularly inspire her, as a cook, although I have always cooked. We like to eat here and unfortunately it shows….;)

I have never cooked duck and that may be something to try someday.

I am debating on Christmas morning with either the grits or this egg recipe with bread, pour in the eggs and refrigerate overnight.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sausage-and-Egg-Casserole/Detail.aspx

I bought 2 Sara lee coffee cakes on sale at 50% off and will have these with juice and coffee. I grew up on Sara Lee, in Chicago and love their things even though my mom was a wonderful baker.

TWG the dumplings sound great…my son loves them. FCM hubby and daughter had the cream of turkey soup at Marietta Diner last week and hubby LOVED it. I thought it tasted like a bowl of grave with turkey ;0. My daughter and I SPLIT an entree and shared an appetizer with my husband…we STILL had leftovers…yum!

Re: ham…I buy mine at Costco. I love a sandwich at Honeybaked and do stop there to eat sometimes but I do not buy a large ham there…too much money for me. I am satisfied with Costco’s ham but maybe I do not know enough about hams to be picky?

motherjanegoose

December 22nd, 2010
8:15 am

Sorry…FCM loves Marietta Diner, which is why I mentioned her name. My husband said he wished it were closer to his work, probably a good thing it is not. This was his first time to eat their with us.

CharV

December 22nd, 2010
8:33 am

motherjanegoose – do the sausage and egg receipe for xmas bfast. i do that same one for our family and one for my sister’s family for xmas each year. it is easy to pop in the oven the morning of xmas and SOOO yummy. really fills the belly for the wait til the turkey is done.

Cynthia M

December 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

MJG- don’t know whether you have made that sausage/eggs caserole, but it is one of the best I have tried and so easy being able to prepare it the night before!!

motherjanegoose

December 22nd, 2010
8:50 am

Yes, I have made it and sometimes add mushrooms or green pepper….yum!

Lori

December 22nd, 2010
9:01 am

I’m the dessert queen of my family. This year between all the family get-togethers, there will be Cheesecake Brownies, Mini Boston Cream Cupcakes, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, and Cake Balls. This will be my first venture with the Cake Balls. Any advice??

JJ

December 22nd, 2010
9:05 am

I did a ton of cooking and freezing around Thanksgiving. I froze spaghetti sauce, stews, chilis, crock pot chicken with veggies, etc. So all we have to do is pull something out of the freezer and let it thaw.

My daughter is in and out a lot, so I have stuff constantly on the stove. I love to cook and be in the kitchen.

Christmas Eve we will be at my Mom’s, and she is making chicken breasts, from a recipe of my aunt’s from years ago!!!!! You bake chicken breasts, rolled in 1/2 italian bread crumbs and 1/2 parmesean cheese. She didn’t want to cook a huge meal, since we did that at Thanskgiving, and at Christmas, we have other things going on.

Christmas Morning we will all be in Mom’s kitchen, after we open presents (we all spend the night Christmas Eve). My brother gets fresh sausage straight from the farm. Mom gets Bear Claws from the german bakery, and she makes hash brown casserole and scrambled eggs.

I can’t wait!!!!

Merry Christmas everyone! My vacation starts tomorrow!!!

motherjanegoose

December 22nd, 2010
9:15 am

Whew…I have a lot of typos today….sorry. What are cake balls?

I used to love to cook but after being married for 28 years….I am kinda over it. Too many other things I would rather do.

I started cooking when I was 15…even baked bread and pies from scratch. We picked the berries from our own property.

I hope my daughter does not get burned out with cooking. I am just happy she enjoys it. I am also just as happy to go out to eat, as cook something here or even get invited over for dinner. Anyone else?

Some women are defined by their cooking…me not so much. My Mom had a card catalogue with over a dozen drawers of recipes. Everyone knew her as a good cook and she basked in the compliments. This was her arena and she knew it. She baked thousands ( yes) of Christmas cookies each year, gave some out, and hoarded them in the freezer the rest of the year in little tupperware containers. LOL I hate tupperware and maybe this is why.

She could not fry chicken nor grill a steak and I thought this was amazing. She was a baker, jello and casserole queen.

motherjanegoose

December 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

One more thing…I used to sew and design all of my own clothes and sew for others too.I could sew a shirt. pants and a dress in one day. I was really quick and skilled at sewing. I even made my wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses for other friends I knew. Now, I take all mending to the dry cleaners. I have not used a sewing machine in 10 years. I will sew on a button but that is it. What is up with that? I do not know.

JATL

December 22nd, 2010
10:12 am

@MJG -I’ll have to try the Costco ham. We’ve been buying Publix brand version of the spiral sliced Honeybaked ham for years now -it’s about 1/2 the price! It tastes just as good (or even better I think).

AH -I love Christmas baking and cooking! This afternoon and evening, my oldest and I will be making our Christmas cut -out sugar cookies and icing and decorating them. He can also choose whether to make the M&M cookies or the Cowboy cookies. We’ll make one today and one tomorrow. Tomorrow we’re going to make a small batch of gingerbread men. That’s his desire, and I haven’t actually made them before, but it should be fun and I found an easy recipe.

I am making the Rolo Pretzel candy! Hopefully I’ll actually get to try one between my boys, my husband and my father!

I’m attempting my mother’s famous cheese cookies this year. I wasn’t up for it last year because her death was just too fresh. She’s made these every Christmas for us and for gifts my whole life, and my father and I would walk 1000 miles for them! They come from a deceptively easy recipe, and I don’t know what “extra” thing she did, but I tried making them about 6 years ago when she was still alive, and they were good but not like hers! My Dad tried making them too last week, and he was pretty pleased. I’m hoping that, because it’s been 2 years since we’ve had them, they will taste like hers!

I’m also making the Cream Caramel Cake from Southern Living this year. I make a nice cake every year, and I will probably wait until next year to attempt my mother’s Black Walnut Cake. My grandmother and aunt also used to make a chocolate torte cake (the thin white layers with the homemade fudge frosting) and my mom made it for my birthday every year. I think that’s a next year project too!

Tomorrow is spaghetti dinner -it’s a tradition!

Christmas Eve -have to put out the spinach dip and some yummy cheeses and accompaniments. We’re having beef tenderloin and fried lobster tails with a citrus mesclun salad and parmesan mashed potatoes.

Christmas Day brunch -southwestern sausage casserole and pecan sticky buns with mimosas!

Christmas Day night -fried turkey, traditional sides, apps and desserts -lots of friends coming over and my Dad will still be here. I’m also making cocktail meatballs and these wonderful sausage and parmesan stuffed cherry peppers for apps. YUMMY!

JOD

December 22nd, 2010
10:14 am

The chicken & dumpling recipe looks good – thanks for sharing! I make the easiest breakfast casserole, just eggs, stuffing, a little butter, and sage ground sausage combined the day before and popped in the over Christmas Day. My in-laws will be here, so no grits on account of all the Yankees in the house :o) I’m making Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey, brine and all, and I hope it is good! We’re also having ham, squash casserole, green beans, pineapple-cheese casserole, creamed spinach, and rolls on Christmas Day. Sorry – no links to recipes…I have a bunch of old Southern Livings and cut-out/handwritten recipe book. I’ll be glad to share if anyone wants a recipe, though :o)

I’m with JJ – I love to be in the kitchen, and thanks to the layout of our new house, I will be right in the middle of things instead of shut off from what everyone else is doing in the living room.

JATL

December 22nd, 2010
10:14 am

@Lori -what are cake balls? That’s the second time I’ve seen reference to them this week, and I’m very curious!

newblogger

December 22nd, 2010
10:20 am

We have a yummy soup/stew that I make sometimes. I tried to copy my MIL’s stew which was wonderful! She has advanced alzheimer’s and the recipe isn’t written down anywhere. I wish I had gotten it when she could still tell me how to make it. (along with other things that she was so wonderful at) So I experimented! We call it “dump soup”, although that sounds a little gross so we are thinking of renaming it “JoJo’s Stew” in honor of my mother-in-law. I brown a pound of hamburger meat, add two cans of tomato soup and “dump” in cans of veggies or frozen veggies that I happen to have on hand. It varies with each batch but usually consists of corn, little green peas, carrots, butterpeas, tomatoes and okra, etc. The yummiest part happened by accident. I didn’t have any noodles to add one time so I opened a box of macaroni and cheese to use the pasta from it. Since it was the end of the day and I was not paying attention, I added the cheese packet too. (boxed mac ‘n cheese with the powdered cheese) Sounds disgusting I know and I thought I had ruined it, but my family absolutely loves it! (and so do the neighbors-it makes a lot so I give some away) I use the liquid from all the cans and the cheese and macaroni soak it up so it ends up being more stew than soup. Add some cornbread-yum!

JATL

December 22nd, 2010
10:22 am

@TWG -my original post about what I’m cooking is lost.

theresa

December 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

I’ll get it as soon as I can

JJ

December 22nd, 2010
10:46 am

I love handwritten recipes. I have three recipe boxes with tons of handwritten recipes from my Mom, both grandmothers, my aunt, and numerous friends. My most prized recipe is one of my grandmother’s. It’s in her little 89 year old hand writing. She died at the tender age of 90, right after my daughter was born. I was very close to her, as I was her only granddaughter.

She made the best pan fried steaks. No one has ever come close!!!! Not even my mom, who I consider on of the greatest cooks ever.

catlady

December 22nd, 2010
10:47 am

MJG–like a lot of things you do repeatedly, the shine sometimes comes off. I used to enjoy cooking for my family. Now, just me, virtually NO cooking. I just nibble at what sounds good. Today for lunch I am having turnips fresh from the garden. Yum! Not cooking anymore is one reason why I enjoyed lunch so much Monday (the other reason–the good conversation)! I love to go out but am too cheap to do it. My kids tell me to stop off and get something on my way home from school to have for supper (and maybe lunch the next day) but, ehh, not many places except fast food and then there is that cheap mindset again. Just can’t get up any enthusiasm anymore.

Then, too, my taste has changed. For the most part, I am avoiding meat. Makes me want to gag most of the time. Still love those veggies, however.

I remember my mom and dad said their taste buds changed as they got older–not so acute. And after my dad died, my mom had no enthusiasm for cooking at all.

Maybe this is part of the seasons of our lives?

JOD

December 22nd, 2010
10:59 am

JJ – Spooky! We must be sharing a brain :o) My most prized recipe is one from my grandmother, who set it aside for me (it was to be part of a bridal shower recipe book) and it was lost after she died. My aunt found it while going through her things and sent it to me – it has a special place in my book.

Catlady – I know my tastes have changed a good bit over the last 10 years or so. I’m hoping to get rid of my sweet tooth before long :o) I know my pants will appreciate it! I do hope that I never stop loving to cook since I enjoy it so much, but I can understand how some people might tire of it after so many years, particularly if you’re just cooking for one!

JOD

December 22nd, 2010
11:01 am

Sorry, JJ – Forgot the rest of the spooky part…I was my grandmother’s only granddaughter, too. She was a great lady who loved to cook/bake, and I still miss her so much.

motherjanegoose

December 22nd, 2010
11:11 am

@ JOD…I do not have a sweet tooth, I love salty. My husband and daughter have been eating all kinds of candies around here and then complaining they have gained wait…WHAT? My daughter lost 15 pounds this semester with all the walking. She has eaten anything she wants. She may gain it back over the break ;0. She is a size 6/8 so no biggie.

My daughter calls me “cracker snacker” if I open a box of crackers, I could eat the entire box…ridiculous! I have to hide them from myself…LOL.

I know JJ is my age and she still loves to cook but I am really no longer interested. I do it because we need to eat. My neighbor ( my age) tells my husband he is married to June Cleaver as I have prepared meals with 4-5 items most nights each week, unless I am out of town. She says he does not know how lucky he is. I agree, as many husbands now do not get home for a sit down dinner like he has for 28 years. We are eating out now with BOGO coupons, when our kids are gone.

@ catlady, I loved having lunch with you too! I would be perfectly fine with a grilled cheese sandwich/can of soup as the company is always fun!

motherjanegoose

December 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

TWG comment gone…maybe I have exceeded my post limit for the day…LOL

JJ

December 22nd, 2010
11:21 am

JOD, that is spooky!!!

Yum Food!

December 22nd, 2010
11:23 am

Lori – make sure the cake is totally cool before you add the icing to make the balls. for anyone who is curious here is a great cake ball recipe:
http://www.bakerella.com/red-velvet-cake-balls/

Tonight I am making cornish hens, cornbread dressing, scalloped potatoes and spianch. The rest of the week I will be enjoying my Mom’s goodness. Recipes here:
http://atlantalifelovefood.blogspot.com/

Lori

December 22nd, 2010
11:35 am

Cake balls are cake that is chopped up, mixed with icing and rolled into bit size balls. Then you dip them in melted chocolate or candy coating. They look like little chocolate truffles, but it’s cake!!! You can also put them on a stick and call them Cake Pops and decorate them all cute like reindeer or snowman heads, if you are making them for kids.

Thanks, Yum Food! I’ve heard both. Some say don’t let the cake cool completely. What is the reason for cooling vs. not?

JATL

December 22nd, 2010
11:43 am

@Yum Food and Lori -THANKS -I think! It may be that I didn’t need to know about those. They look incredible!

motherjanegoose

December 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

gained weight….not wait….I am losing my spelling skills!

@ TWG thanks for retrieving my 11:11 post
@ Yum Food…your dinner tonight would be a regular dinner at my house. Sound yummy. I typically fix meat, starch, veggies, rolls and salad or fruit.

We went to a party where my friend, the hostess, made a cheese appetizer house with little penguins in front that were made with olives and pimentos. YOU COULD NOT PAY ME ENOUGH MONEY TO FOOL WITH THAT. It was cute though. She got lots of compliments!

JJ

December 22nd, 2010
11:53 am

@YumFood – I think I’ll do cornish game hens tomorrow with stuffing.. thanks for the idea.

FCM

December 22nd, 2010
12:06 pm

On my wasy to get my grocery done.

After church services on Christmas Eve my family gets together for wine/cheese/crackers/deli…it is a nice casual way to just be….the kids will not have wine of course! My parents will stay the night to see the grands in morning.

I will have cinnamon rolls and country ham for breakfast. Mom and I are still nailing down the main menu.

We had a party this weekend and the left overs have kept us good for meals this week. All that veg prep for trays goes easily in soup or stew or pasta. The rolls doubled as breakfast bisucuits the next morning. The meat gets chopped/diced etc as needed to add to a dish or sandwich. Makes me think I should do a party more often.

LOL

Merry Christmas!!!

Becky

December 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

We will do the traditional dishes..I don’t really care for turkey that much, so I don’t buy a big one..Between me and the sisters, we usually cook quiet a bit for our dinner and the one sister goes wild with “new” dishes each year..

Sounds like though that I need to get addresses for a few people from the blog and make my rounds to eat..:~) Like JJ, I love to cook, except when the husband keeps coming into the kitchen and “looking”..My kitchen isn’t that big, so I always have to threaten him with a sharp knife..:~)

Yum Food!

December 22nd, 2010
12:12 pm

Lori – I think the balls hold together better when the cake is totally cooled before mixing. Its like if you mix the icing in with the crumbles before is totally cool the consistency never gets quite right…

Lori

December 22nd, 2010
12:34 pm

Thanks for the tip, Yum food!

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December 22nd, 2010
2:40 pm

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JJ

December 22nd, 2010
3:51 pm

MERRY CHRISTMAS to my blog family!!!! I’m on vacation, and will be techno-free (except for my cell phone) until Tuesday!!!!!

I hope you all have a safe and happy Holiday!!!!

Becky

December 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

@JJ..MERRY CHRISTMAS to you also..Same thing here (sorta)..I will be on vacation starting tomorrow until Mon. after the New Year with just my phone..

deidre_NC

December 22nd, 2010
9:20 pm

oh my..i think i just gained 20 pounds just reading all this stuff. i think i will just come to atlanta and make the rounds lol…
since we are forecast to get a ton of the S word i am going to stay at my friend’s house so i can hopefully make it to work sunday. she lives off the mountain and closer to work. soooo we are making a hodge podge of stuff. im gonna make some mac and cheese with 4 cheeses-pepper jack being one..yummy…she is making us a baked hen. im gonna scrounge up something else here that i have..who knows what. really pretty low key. she is an older lady who has 2 daughters who are not very nice to her, so while i was upset at having to be away from home on christmas day- i realized that maybe god just wanted me to be with her on this day…im sure she would have been very lonely and depressed. so we are going to watch christmas movies and eat just normal food lol..im hoping my daughter will come too-but she will probably go hang out with friends. its not going to be great driving weather and she also has to get to work on sunday…saturday too (im off) so she actually will probably leave thursday night or early friday morning to make sure she can get to work. things really change when the kids grow up…and when you live where the snow keeps you off the roads!! but all is well….we will both be with people we love and having a blast. i might even have a glass of wine lol…i rarely drink so im sure ill get tipsy on a glass lol…yall have a very merry christmas or whatever you want to celebrate…..just hoping everyone is with someone they love.

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