In my family, the holidays—especially Christmas—are all about the shared meal. I'm one of seven children and so when we all gather—partners, in-laws, kids and grandkids—it's a big affair.
In Australia, December is summertime, so Christmas is always pretty hot. For this reason, the usual hot meal is not really practical. This holiday celebration always starts with us gathering around 11 a.m. at one of my sisters' homes. We all work together in the kitchen, which is crowded, crazy and a lot of fun, preparing a lot of different salads, seafood platters and other dishes that have become family favorites. This is a great time to catch up, drink some good wine and just enjoy each other's company. After everything is prepared, around 1 p.m. or so, we all enjoy a great meal and a fun time.
Peter Walsh is an organizational expert who stars in his own series Enough Already! With Peter Walsh on OWN. He is also the author of four books, including Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less (Free Press).
What holiday food traditions are in your family?
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