Christy Sch­mitz

Just Cross Stitch - - Recipes & Memories - Christy Sch­mitz

Christ­mas has al­ways been my fa­vorite hol­i­day, and I think it started when I was a tiny child. My first Christ­mas I loved to sit and stare at the twin­kling lights, ac­cord­ing to my mom, and by my sec­ond Christ­mas, I was help­ing “dec­o­rate" the tree. For a short tod­dler, that meant putting all of the or­na­ments (all un­break­able, of course) in a small space on the tree. I al­ways wanted to sleep on the couch dur­ing the hol­i­days so that I could watch the lights all night long, and that’s a fa­vorite thing of mine to this day. My first “real” mem­ory of Christ­mas came when I was 5. I had wanted a Bar­bie mo­tor home so badly, but I didn’t think it would come. I woke up Christ­mas Eve night need­ing some wa­ter and wan­dered into the kitchen; I heard some­thing and con­tin­ued my quest into our util­ity room only to find my par­ents putting to­gether the bright yel­low mo­tor home! My mom was putting on the stick­ers as my footed-pa­ja­maed, curly haired self rounded the door­way. The magic of Christ­mas was only strength­ened that night, and I still have that mo­tor home put up to­day. It’s one of those child­hood mem­o­ries I hope I never for­get, and it’s one of those toys I hope to never part with.

Food was al­ways an­other big part of our hol­i­day. From am­brosia salad to my mom’s tea cakes, sweet po­tato casse­role and corn­bread dress­ing, it was all on the ta­ble. The star of the ta­ble, how­ever, was shrimp cre­ole. Grow­ing up on the coast, we cel­e­brated with seafood, and on Christ­mas, that meant the col­or­ful med­ley of toma­toes, onions and pep­pers with suc­cu­lent shrimp. The orig­i­nal ver­sion our fam­ily used was my grand­mama’s, and it’s the ver­sion we still make to­day. I hope you all en­joy!

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