Wednesday, December 19, 2007

works for me

december 19 2007

Noop, I'm not blogging about christmas...
I'm blogging about the last evening of the year.
We call it old year.

The last years a tradition slipped in and I won't change it for a million dollars.

It was initiated by one of the boys, who wanted sausages just before 12, and threw a fit after closing time of the shops.
He wanted sausages at old year and nothing else.

Foreseeing a whole evening of a bad mood and an angry face, I told him that if he wanted sausages he'd better step in and take care of all the old years preparations himself.

He stepped in and even found in the back of the storage room a tiny tin with 5 sausages.
That posed a problem: we have 6 kids.
So he had to make something that one of the kids liked better.

Another boy jumped in and helped him.

The next year they asked me if they were allowed to do the preparations.

Now most of the children are involved in the planning, the shopping and the making of plates with delicious treats.

I have to say, now they're getting older I have more fun trying out their creations.

I still feel odd.
After working for them all year, it's not easy to let them do what they want.
It's not easy to stay away from the kitchen, because I would love to see the mess they have to clean up themselves.

But it's nice to have the time to say goodbye to the year and focus on the new one for a while, before plates with apple pies, cheese sticks and other delicious dishes are placed on the table.

It works for me.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!!

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  1. My family used to have quite the spread for the end of the year also. (they immigrated from Russia) It was so exciting as a child for me to stay up later than usual and enjoy the festivities. It's hard as moms to step back and let the kids take over but I think it's a great "right of passage" exercise for all. Blessings on your New Year!

  2. Hi, thanks for stopping by today!! Our family always has a great time celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next. We have our traditional things that they all like to eat....Totinos Pizza Rolls, cheese ball and crackers, queso and chips, sparkling apple cider and of course we have black eye peas since that was my parents tradition.

    Have a great holiday!

  3. I just wanted to say I love that idea of letting them do the meal planning for old year. I hope to remember this as my kids get older!

  4. Amy @ http://hopeistheword.wordpress.comDecember 20, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Love your WFMW!! What a great way to let your kids serve you!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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