I hope everyone (and I'm talking to my lone follower over there. Hi!) had a wonderful, merry Christmas. I had a great day spent with a wonderful family. I'm thoroughly exhausted and my dining table is covered in presents I have yet to go through.
I live in the South, which means all holidays, special occasions, football games and pretty much every day revolves around food. We celebrate big and we eat big. My grandmother, as mentioned before, is one of the best cooks in the history of forever. Literally everything she cooks tastes fantastic. Which, of course, means all of her food is so very bad for you. Well, maybe not all. A good 96% though.
We have Christmas at my grandmother's house every year, with my grandparents' kids and their kids and their kids, and grandma's siblings and their kids and grandkids join us as well. It's packed and loud, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Everyone who comes brings a dish or two, and then we all just dig in buffet-style. There was so much food: turkey, ham, creamed corn, candied yams, broccoli casserole, artichoke casserole, green bean casserole, bread rolls, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, salad, and then the deserts. Oh, the deserts. Four different types of pie, banana pudding, sour cream pound cake, some kind of white chocolate ball things, on and on. We could have fed a small country. For about a month.
I knew Christmas day would be a test for my willpower, simply because I love to eat, and this food was so good. I surprised even myself, though, once time to eat rolled around. I only sampled a few of the provided dishes, and in very small portions. I didn't even fill my plate. I did eat one small slice of coconut creme pie, because who wouldn't? I drank water all day long, and afterwards I kept myself away from the kitchen.
I felt like I had accomplished this huge goal. I managed to attend Christmas at my grandmother's without gorging myself until I was miserable only to feel awful about myself later because of my piggish behavior. I did it! Turns out I have willpower, after all.