How come holidays revolve around food so much?
The lavish spread at the first Thanksgiving table represented God’s bountiful blessings during the past year as the Pilgrims gathered with the Indians and gave thanks to God for His protection and provision. Long before that, food was an integral part of any Jewish celebration and worship.
Eating gathers people together. Some of my family’s best memories are around a table in our home, a church fellowship hall, or a restaurant. Food evokes strong memories, usually good ones. The scent of fresh baked bread, cookies or a pot of beef stew simmering on the stove spells home, security, and belonging.
I’m so excited. In a few short weeks, a group of writers are launching their Christmas anthology, Christmas Treasures: A Collection of Short Stories. You’ll love these heartwarming stories of family, celebration and the joy of Christmas. Yes, my short story, “The Christmas Gift” is part of the anthology and yes, I talk about food within the story.
In fact, many of the stories mention food. Imagine that! After all, what are the holidays without food? What’s a good story without some mention of all five senses including that of taste? As a way of introducing you to some of these dedicated and delightful authors, I thought it would be fun over the next two weeks to share recipes of some of the foods the authors mention in their stories. I’ll connect that food with the holidays, share a recipe and pictures, then give you a sneak preview of each author’s story and tell you something about the person behind the pen, er, keyboard.
So check back often at Grace On Parade for new holiday recipes and news about Christmas Treasures. Stock up on your favorite beverage so you can curl up one frosty evening with your Kindle or the paperback version and enjoy stories of the season. I’m confident you will be inspired and blessed.