Whilst Christmas is a really special time, there is something equally special about the days that follow Christmas, a time to eat leftovers, catch up with friends, take walks in the cold, and re-set yourself for the year ahead.
In a book I read recently on hygge, the Danish art of happiness, a 90 year old grandmother reminisced about a tradition they had on Saturday evenings when she was a child. Dinner was a very simple cold meal; some bread, cold meats and a fresh salad. They would often eat it on the couch and she recalled how much she loved that part of the week, as her parents were truly relaxed. One busy evening before Christmas, I did just this, and it was lovely. I made a big pot of soup with the odds and ends of vegetables in the fridge, and we ate it alongside cheese on toast – the preparation and clear up was super easy.
I often find myself striving to produce complicated family meals from scratch, which can add extra pressure to a busy evening. Starting this January I am going to introduce ‘Soup Saturdays’ which will, I hope, bring new significance to a Saturday evening for us. It will be a time in the week to relax and share some downtime together, I am excited about it. Happy New Year to all and wishing you all well with the new ideas 2018 may bring for you.