Our Christmas get-together with family was especially meaningful this year. I grew up living far from most of our extended family. I was born in Mexico and our family moved to South Texas when I was in First Grade. So when I grew up and moved away it seemed very natural.
This year I am so thankful that we were able to get together with my family to enjoy our meal together. This year was different. My sister has cancer. It’s still so hard to believe. She went in for what was to be a routine surgery, but what the doctors found was anything but routine. She has appendix cancer, which is very rare. My sister. Cancer has been a lingering menace in the backs of all of our minds as it’s dirty claws have reached friends and extended family members. I suppose we are never ready for it to reach the ones we love, but it’s here nevertheless. While we have always known that life is short. We have been slammed with the reality.
My parents, all my siblings, and all of our children except one niece got together to celebrate Christmas this year! It was a great time of storytelling and of course FOOD! Apart from visiting with family, it’s the delicious Mexican food that I grew up with that I miss the most when I am not at “home”, but it was all there!
Somewhere along the way we began adding homemade Texas chili to the menu. I think this may have been added for all the in-laws who were not used to all the Mexican food. But my brother is famous for his chili and we all look forward to it as well.
Traditionally we have had Atole, a favorite Mexican drink, and sweet tamales for dessert. This year my sister Sara and her family made homemade Polvorones–Yum! What a blessing it was to be able to get together with my family. So many were not able to be with their families for the holidays.
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